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John Kierein
2002-Mar-13, 07:58 PM
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IMAGE ADVISORY March 13, 2002

CHURNING WHIRLPOOL STARS IN ULTRAVIOLET JUPITER MOVIE

A dark patch of hydrocarbon haze, wider than Earth,
develops and swirls in a new movie clip from ultraviolet
images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft of Jupiter's upper
atmosphere, or stratosphere.

Observations in the ultraviolet part of the light
spectrum reveal features in Jupiter's stratosphere that are
transparent in the visible-light portion of the spectrum. One
surprise is the dark vortex whose birth and migration can be
seen during the 11-week span of the movie taken while Cassini
was approaching Jupiter in late 2000. Development of this
feature resembles development of ozone holes in Earth's
stratosphere in that both processes appear to occur only
within confined masses of high-altitude polar air. The
similarity may help scientists understand both processes
better.

The movie clip and a still image mapping all 360 degrees
of Jupiter in ultraviolet are available online from NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., at

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/jupiter

and from the Cassini imaging team, based at the Boulder,
Colo., campus of the Southwest Research Institute, at

http://ciclops.lpl.arizona.edu/ .

A video file related to this release will air on NASA
Television March 13 and 14 during the NASA TV video file feed
scheduled for noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m., and midnight EST.
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Cassini made its closest pass to Jupiter on Dec. 30,
2000, gaining a gravitational boost for reaching its main
destination, Saturn, in 2004. More information about the
mission is available at http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov . Cassini
is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency
and the Italian Space Agency. JPL manages the Cassini and
Galileo missions for NASA's Office of Space Science,
Washington, D.C. JPL is a division of the California Institute
of Technology in Pasadena.

CJSF
2002-Mar-13, 08:07 PM
John,

I am continually puzzled by your postings and statements relating to life in interstellar clouds and hydrocarbon haze. I will admit the possibility of organic processes happening in such places... but you seem to take the rather unscientific leap to stating with near absolute affirmation that LIFE exists in those places. Often you seem to infer that it is intelligent life (IIRC some of your posts on the old board).

What evidence or observations can you provide that shows LIFE (NOT merely "organic compounds" or the like) existing in/on Jupiter? Arthur C. Clarke's 2010 doesn't count! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

CJSF

John Kierein
2002-Mar-13, 08:48 PM
Well, the hydrocarbon haze on Jupiter is only an indication, not proof by any means. It's probably just methane from Jupiter cow flatulence.
There's a better case to made that the place to look for ET is in the black clouds. These contain the building blocks of life and free floating planets. I like bug that hit the stardust mass spectrometer.
Look here:
http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Galaxy/7827/

John Kierein
2002-Mar-14, 01:08 PM
Here's the picture. The hydrocarbons are near the mysterious x-ray beacon.
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/solarsystem/jupiter_spot_020313.html
Here's the beacon story.
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2002/07mar_jupiterpuzzle.htm?friend