What Jupiter can tell us about the formation of the universe

On December 7, 1995, a crowd gathered in an auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, waiting for an event that had been years in the making. At 8:04 pm PST, a stout, 4-foot (1.25 meter)-wide, wok-shaped robotic probe, which had been released from the unmanned Galileo spacecraft five… » 11/07/13 4:13pm 11/07/13 4:13pm

Re-Creating An Action Sequence From 365 Million Miles Away

One of the scenes in the new Space Show, Dark Universe takes viewers along for a 106,000 mile-an-hour descent into Jupiter’s atmosphere with the Galileo probe—an action-packed visualization created by scientists and artists working closely to make sure that every detail, from the probe’s rotation speed to the color of… » 11/04/13 1:49pm 11/04/13 1:49pm

How to defend Earth from incoming asteroids

There are about a million near-Earth asteroids that are large enough to damage or destroy a major city, as evidenced by the explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, this past February of a meteor that injured more than 1,000 people. This month, Ukrainian astronomers detected a 1,350-foot-wide asteroid that made a close… » 10/18/13 5:06pm 10/18/13 5:06pm