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The Last Frontier: Jupiter

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The world's last frontier is space, the most outer reaches known to man. Now, each week for 7 more weeks, I will report on something of interest from the realms of space.

by Etrnl *
Space Explorer

The Last Frontier: Jupiter

First, let's look at the history of Jupiter: Jupiter was the Roman name for the Greek god king, Zeus. He ruled atop Mount Olympus.

Jupiter has had a few visitors in its past. This planet was first visited by Pioneer 10 in 1973. Later on, Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, Voyager 2, and Ulysses also visited. A special spacecraft is even out orbiting Jupiter as you read -- Galileo -- and will be orbiting Jupiter for at least the next 2 years, taking pictures of this gaseous planet.

Here's some facts on Jupiter: Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun. Jupiter is the first non-terrestrial planet in our solar system, which means it's a gas giant and doesn't have a rocky core, unlike the four inner planets and Pluto. One of the most well-known things about Jupiter is its Great Red Spot.

Another well known fact is that Jupiter has many moons. 16 to be exact. A fun fact about these moons is that they were named mostly after Zeus's lovers. Here are their names, in alphabetical order: Adrastea, Amalthea, Ananke, Callisto, Carme, Elara, Europa, Ganymede, Himalia, Io, Leda, Lysithea, Metis, Pasiphae, Sinope, and Thebe.

Another interestiong fact is that Jupiter DOES have rings, but not as large and visible as Saturn's.

I'll leave you with a few pictures.

Photos courtesy of www.seds.org

As usual, if you have any questions, please feel free to Y-mail me @ Etrnl *.

Thanx, Etrnl *

(Here is the wonderful website that helped me along with my essay when I couldn't remember all of the moons {who could?}, and a few of these wonderful facts. Click on this link to find out more. )


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