Mothership Long Term Parking

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New imaging of Europa’s surface

Oh Jupiter, do you hold the secrets of the solar system?

Do the little green men reside there?


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How do you know we are Martian?


Many people point to Jupiter’s moon Europa as being the logical place to find life other than us. The crust appears to be frozen water and a vast liquid ocean might be underneath. So vast it contains many times more water than earth!


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2061Jupiter is also large enough to generate heat in it’s rotating moons (I don’t really understand how but I read that far!)

So with water and heat perhaps come life as small as microbes or as large as fish, say our smartest scientists and theorists.

Well according to Arthur C. Clarke, much larger than fish, perhaps tree-sized jellyfish! Way bigger than whales, perhaps bigger than any single item on earth, with consciousness we may or may not understand.

That’s cool stuff. Hope they like us.

Hope we don’t kill them.

I’ve recently favored a different moon of Jupiter for the perfect mothership parking lot – Io.

We really don’t know what’s behind the crust while it should contain all of the other advantages of Europa. Maybe it’s not fish underneath there, maybe it’s spaceship parking.

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Io is perfectly designed for this task with it’s metallic crust that we can’t see or otherwise detect past. It basically has a shield for a crust. A shield that stops all of our current detection and scanning techniques.

Bonus the convenient naming Io to help keep it out of our conciousness. Computers have trouble indexing something named Io. Go ahead, have fun searching for Io info.


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What’s inside Io?

Sorry HAL

I’ve been tough on Ars Technica for good reason, but here’s an excellent article on the most fascinating space exploration project of the modern era.

It’s the distant Jovian [aka Jupiterian] moon Europa, and it’s not just science-fiction writers that think it’s got stories to tell. NASA is on board and has major funding on the lock until at least 2020. Our engineers are going all out designing a very ambitious set of probes and lander to actually sit on this fantastic ocean-moon, map it, and orbit it for years. Amazing stuff!


 

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Theories Into Reality

About 500 years ago some people started to sort some things about our universe out. Many were ridiculed if not persecuted so they hid this knowledge from the authorities.

This is what they knew to be true:

That is actual pictures of the moon, dark side showing, circling our beautiful planet! Outstanding view from one of NASA’s deep space cameras.

Well done Copernicus, you knew there would eventually be proof enough even for the simplest person to understand.

Gravitons, Waves, and Cosmic Microwave Background Oh My!

Big news from the physics world that I can’t possibly explain accurately, but here goes anyway.

Someone discovered a trace of a magnetic signal that is believed to come from the origin of the universe, a signal created shortly after the Big Bang.

This supposedly supports both the theory of rapid universe expansion (“inflation”) and  the concept of gravitational particles referred to as “gravitons”, that we have yet to detect but theorize exist in some form.

This is fun stuff, a good science read over at Wired. It’s the continuation of experiments and theories of Einstein and Hubble that were started over 60 years ago.

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Those guys weren’t deterred by ignorant facebook posters mocking everything they did ;-).

 

Oh Europa, Europa

Check it, some smart folks are looking into the feasibility of actually going to Europa, the strange moon of Jupiter that has often been pegged in fiction as the home of our alien friends.

Europa is covered in a crust of ice, and our slight bits of data seem to point to an actual liquid ocean roiling around under that crust. Jacques Cousteau is the ambassador of this group, seriously.


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NASA’s rendition of Europa’s crusty surface. No comment on if there’s a liquid ocean below.


On the con side is the seriously high amount of radiation in that part of space, so we’ll just have to wait and see if humans ever make their way to this strange moon. I think our 3rd probe will fly by around 2020, perhaps gathering enough data to launch a robotic mission. The distance is such that each step takes decades.

If aliens are living in our solar system, my personal pick is the moon next to Europa – Io.

That strange mustard yellow thing has a highly-metallic crust with who knows what underneath. Our detection methods can’t see much of anything behind that metal.

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Io. This might be a metallic moon and we can’t detect what’s under that surface.

Earth has metal in the crust but not like this. The mothership definitely has a parking spot up there.

Adding to the curiosity of Io is it’s apparent lack of craters. Since Io has very little atmosphere (like our moon) we have no explanation for the lack of craters on the surface. What is stopping the meteors from hitting Io? Or what is on the surface that can remove traces of impact?


 

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Long Lost Relatives?

Wow. Mexican researchers have completed their models of earth’s ‘ejecta’ (this outstanding word is the stuff the earth would eject out of it’s gravity after getting hit). Turns out that not only would our moon and Mars be logical targets for the ejecta, but potentially life-bearing earth rocks would also hit Jupiter much more than suspected.

You’ve probably heard about Jupiter’s various moons (Io, Europa, Ganymede…) being a favorite choice of possible ET homes and this study lends possibility to that. Early earth could have been slammed hard enough to kill the dinosaurs and blast a few giant chunks towards Jupiter. We get our chocolate in their peanut butter and the rest is history.

If one of those planets has the ET race earthlings keeps drawing and seeing in their dreams I wonder if they are gonna like our probes heading their way?