|arya||Date: Wednesday, 03-August-2011, 6:25 PM | Message # 1|
|A £674 million "cloud skimmer" is to begin its five year journey through space this week to reveal what drives the violent weather on the giant planet Jupiter and what lies beneath it's stormy clouds. |
It is a planet with weather even more turbulent than the British summer.
Temperatures on Jupiter drop to -234 degrees F, thick brooding clouds obscure its atmosphere and winds blow at up to 384 miles per hour.
Now a $1.1 billion (£674 million) space probe due to launch this week is to peer through the murky clouds of the solar system's largest planet for the first time in a bid to reveal what lies beneath its stormy outer atmosphere.
On Friday the Nasa probe, named Juno after the ancient Roman goddess who spied through clouds on her husband Jupiter, is due to begin its 1,740 million mile journey to Jupiter when it is launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Full article/source - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science....me.html
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