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NASA to crash Galileo probe into Jupiter
USA Today ^ | 09/15/03 | Staff Writer

Posted on 09/15/2003 6:35:43 AM PDT by bedolido

Edited on 04/13/2004 1:41:09 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) As obsessed with germs as the most fastidious of housekeepers, NASA plans to crash its $1.5 billion Galileo into Jupiter to avoid the possibility that the aging spacecraft could contaminate one of the planet's moons with hitchhiking microbes from Earth. Galileo will slip behind Jupiter at 12:49 p.m. PT Sunday and then plunge into its vibrant and stormy atmosphere while traveling at nearly 108,000 mph.


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KEYWORDS: galileo; jupiter; nasa
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The surface of Jupiter's moon, Europa, is captured by NASA's Galileo spacecraft (1997). The most prominent ridges are less than a mile wide. NASA via AP

1 posted on 09/15/2003 6:35:44 AM PDT by bedolido
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To: bedolido
And just 100 years ago we took our first powered flight. Not bad.
2 posted on 09/15/2003 6:41:11 AM PDT by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: downer911; nuconvert
Ping
3 posted on 09/15/2003 6:46:11 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: bedolido
I can't believe we are attacking a peaceful planet.

More naked aggression from that cowboy Bush.

4 posted on 09/15/2003 6:48:29 AM PDT by TomB
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To: TomB
Geez. now we will have to fight the Jupiteronians!
tbird1
5 posted on 09/15/2003 6:56:34 AM PDT by tbird1
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To: bedolido
"All these worlds are yours... except Europa."
6 posted on 09/15/2003 6:57:22 AM PDT by Jonah Hex (kittens are only dangerous if you're a 'Rat.)
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To: TomB
This mission started under Clinton. ;-)
7 posted on 09/15/2003 6:57:28 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Jonah Hex
"All these worlds are yours... except Europa."

My first thought when I saw this.


8 posted on 09/15/2003 6:59:54 AM PDT by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: Jonah Hex

9 posted on 09/15/2003 7:02:08 AM PDT by Jonah Hex (kittens are only dangerous if you're a 'Rat.)
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To: bedolido
Friendly life awaits us on Europa...

10 posted on 09/15/2003 7:04:00 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Frank_Discussion
This mission started under Clinton. ;-)

Is there a "white stain" on Galilieo?

11 posted on 09/15/2003 7:04:48 AM PDT by montag813
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To: bedolido
LUDACRIS SPEED !
12 posted on 09/15/2003 7:13:53 AM PDT by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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To: bedolido
NASA to crash Galileo probe into Jupiter

"Women and minorities impacted most."

Oh and Tom Daschle is deeply saddened.

13 posted on 09/15/2003 7:16:06 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (This is my tagline, this is my gun. One is for FReeping, one is for fun.)
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To: ChadGore

14 posted on 09/15/2003 7:17:19 AM PDT by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: TomB
>I can't believe we are attacking a peaceful planet

This is tin foil gold!
The theory is, this project
creates "Lucifer!"

Plutonium fuel
on Galileo reacts
to the high pressure,

and like a small match
starting a big forest fire,
ignites Jupiter!

This was hinted at
in Clark's pop novel, of course.
Bang! A new, small sun...

15 posted on 09/15/2003 7:26:37 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: bedolido
"cargo of microbes "

Hmmm. I wonder what kind of microbes?
16 posted on 09/15/2003 7:31:13 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
I wonder what kind of microbes?

The kind that make yogurt?

"Welcome to the planet Dannon, young Skywalker."

17 posted on 09/15/2003 7:36:43 AM PDT by Jonah Hex (kittens are only dangerous if you're a 'Rat.)
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To: theFIRMbss
Plutonium fuel
on Galileo reacts
to the high pressure,

Hard to imagine an implosion-type scenario being likely. One of the big problems the Manhattan Project had to overcome when working on the plutonium implosion weapon was predetonation of the reacting mass. Even if the implosion process was very precise and very rapid, but not rapid enough, partial reaction of the imploding sphere would cause an outward pressure which disrupts the implosion, causing a "fizzle". In a gradual process of increasing pressure, which is what you would have if you have a chunk of plutonium falling through a dense atmosphere, resulting in a gradual increase of pressure, even if there were symmetric inward pressure you'd reach a point where there was a partial fission reaction, which would expand the imploding mass and disrupt the collapse of other portions. There would be a kind of gradual eroding away of the mass until you had little left.

18 posted on 09/15/2003 7:49:49 AM PDT by chimera
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To: bedolido
Get ready for the Million Jovian March on Washington.
19 posted on 09/15/2003 7:52:16 AM PDT by Consort
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To: theFIRMbss
This is tin foil gold! The theory is, this project creates "Lucifer!"

In his 1991 tome "Behold a Pale Horse", William Cooper warned that the US government was turning Jupiter into a second sun. Cooper predicted that Galileo, the NASA spacecraft orbiting Jupiter, would create an atomic chain reaction in the giant planet, effectively turning it into a small star.

How? In December 1999, Galileo will deliver a 49.7-pound load of plutonium used to power the craft into the heart of Jupiter. The end result will be a huge atomic reaction, and a newborn star that Cooper has dubbed Lucifer.

But why would the government do this? First, to stave off the coming ice age, and more importantly, to fulfill a Masonic ritual that is the final requirement for founding an Illuminastic New World Order. Apparently, many Illuminati high priests will be at the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Giza to witness this crowning event.

As bizarre as the scenario sounds, it isn't beyond the realm of possibility -- at least from a scientific standpoint. Arthur C. Clarke speculated upon this possibility in the novel 2010, a sequel to his Kubrick-adapted masterpiece. The book ends with Jupiter exploding precisely in this way, and being renamed Lucifer. (The film version deleted this Satanic rechristening.)

More HERE

20 posted on 09/15/2003 8:03:53 AM PDT by ActionNewsBill
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To: theFIRMbss
That's OK. Whatever danger to humanity that would be posed by Jupiter going Chernobyl will be made up for by all the unbounded free energy that the new Magnetic Energy Generator will provide for us. Jacco van der Worp (the "physicist" who wrote the article you referenced) tells us all about it.
21 posted on 09/15/2003 8:08:35 AM PDT by inquest (We are NOT the world)
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To: ActionNewsBill
But I believe that in 2010 Jupiter's solification was caused by the monolith aliens with their godlike technology, not by humans.
22 posted on 09/15/2003 8:12:56 AM PDT by inquest (We are NOT the world)
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To: bedolido
When the explorers from Europe came to the New World they brought Measles, Small Pox and a whole host of microbes and viruses to the natives. They also brought alcohol which had it's own disastrous effects. Now if this were to happen with space explorers coming to earth can you imagine the implications?
23 posted on 09/15/2003 8:32:11 AM PDT by TomHarkinIsNotFromIowa (Foe Hammer!)
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To: inquest
But I believe that in 2010 Jupiter's solification was caused by the monolith aliens with their godlike technology, not by humans.

You're probably right....I haven't seen the movie for a while, but IIRC, that was the case.

24 posted on 09/15/2003 8:32:14 AM PDT by ActionNewsBill
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To: inquest
But I believe that in 2010 Jupiter's solification was caused by the monolith aliens with their godlike technology, not by humans.

Been awhile since I've seen 2001 or 2010. I always thought the monolith was just a symbol and Arthur C Clarke was trying to tell us we're not alone. I had to go back and read 2001 over (didn't bother with 2010) and still had no idea what he was trying to say. Both movies were dogs (great special effects for their times).

25 posted on 09/15/2003 8:37:45 AM PDT by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: bedolido
To be honest, I never read the book. I was just going by the movie.
26 posted on 09/15/2003 8:40:30 AM PDT by inquest (We are NOT the world)
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To: bedolido
NASA to crash Galileo probe into Jupiter

Environmentalists protest...

27 posted on 09/15/2003 8:41:27 AM PDT by RogueIsland
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To: inquest
the movie makers did the same to Carl Sagan's Contact. Great book. Dog of a movie.
28 posted on 09/15/2003 8:46:04 AM PDT by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: Frank_Discussion
This mission started under Clinton. ;-)

Actually, it started long, long, long before Clinton. Galileo was to be the next shuttle launch after Challenger. When Challenger blew up, many things got reshuffled.

29 posted on 09/15/2003 8:51:35 AM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel
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To: MrsEmmaPeel
Picky, picky, picky... ;-)

It launched when, 1993, I think? That's what I meant, but you're right, it was a long time coming. And it's been a wonderful ship.
30 posted on 09/15/2003 8:53:52 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: nuconvert
... what kind of microbes?

Staph.

IIRC, one of the Apollos stripped an unmanned probe that had been there a while. The parts were found to have staph bacteria on them (surprise, surprise - "staph" is omnipresent on humans).

The scary part is that the bacteria was reactivated after all those years on the Moon.

I think NASA blamed the subcontractor on failing to properly (successfully?) sterilize the probe.

31 posted on 09/15/2003 9:02:28 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: bedolido
NASA plans to crash its $1.5 billion Galileo into Jupiter to avoid the possibility that the aging spacecraft could contaminate one of the planet's moons with hitchhiking microbes from Earth.

What's more absurd? The waste of $1.5 billion for more pretty pictures of planets and useless analyses, OR concerns for the ecology of a planetary moon while turds float in the bay where I live?

32 posted on 09/15/2003 9:14:04 AM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: CholeraJoe
"Women and minorities impacted most."

LOL

33 posted on 09/15/2003 9:15:07 AM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: inquest; ActionNewsBill; chimera; VadeRetro; PatrickHenry; RadioAstronomer; Physicist
>Whatever danger to humanity that would be posed by Jupiter going Chernobyl will be made up for by all the unbounded free energy that the new Magnetic Energy Generator will provide for us


Yes, but, now Masons
will control Baghdad and space!
The New World Order

will be completed,
and they can stop pretending
they're a breakfast club

and just come right out
to rule the world openly!
I guess this weekend

it all gets going!
(I bet that's why Disney stopped
new Kim Possibles...)

34 posted on 09/15/2003 9:23:03 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Consort
>Get ready for the Million Jovian March on Washington


35 posted on 09/15/2003 9:25:22 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: theFIRMbss

Pigs in Space!!!

36 posted on 09/15/2003 9:25:44 AM PDT by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: F16Fighter
bookmark
37 posted on 09/15/2003 9:25:49 AM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: bedolido
The Kid will fight back, you'll see!


38 posted on 09/15/2003 9:28:11 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Boss, I forgot to bring my tag line!)
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To: Calvin Locke
"staph"

Well, staph can get out of hand......(and into your eye, and under your skin, and into your blood, etc)

Wonder if there's anything else they're not telling us?
Secret cargo, perhaps?
39 posted on 09/15/2003 9:33:52 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: Jonah Hex
strawberry? With acidophilus?
40 posted on 09/15/2003 9:38:26 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: F16Fighter
What's more absurd? The waste of $1.5 billion for more pretty pictures of planets and useless analyses, OR concerns for the ecology of a planetary moon while turds float in the bay where I live?

New Jersey? Try tossing a match in it, maybe it will ignite.

41 posted on 09/15/2003 9:48:08 AM PDT by Joe Hadenuf
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To: bedolido
Makes ya wonder if we were the result of a probe manufactured by the lowest bidder :-)

Deteriorata

(National Lampoon)

[Chorus Singing](You are a fluke of the universe. You have no right to be here. Deteriorata, Deteriorata)

Go placidly amidst the noise and waste, and remember what comfort there may be in owning a piece thereof. Avoid quiet and passive persons, unless you are in need of sleep. Rotate your tires. Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself; and heed well their advice, even though they be turkeys. Know what to kiss - and when. Consider that two wrongs never make a right, but that three do. Wherever possible, put people on hold. Be comforted, that in the face of all irridity and disillusionment, and despite the changing fortunes of time, there is always a big future in computer maintenance.

[Chorus](You are a fluke of the universe. You have no right to be here. Whether you can hear it or not, The universe is laughing behind your back.)

Remember the Pueblo. Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle, and mutilate. Know yourself. If you need help, call the FBI. Exercise caution in your daily affairs, especially with those persons closest to you... That lemon on your left, for instance. Be assured that a walk through the seas of most souls would scarcely get your feet wet. Fall not in love, therefore, it will stick to your face. Gracefully surrender the things of youth: the birds, clean air, tuna, Taiwan - and let not the sands of time get in your lunch. Hire people with hooks. For a good time, call 606-4311, ask for Ken. Take heart in the deepening gloom that your dog is finally getting enough cheese. And reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot, it could only be worse in Milwaukee.

[Chorus](You are a fluke of the universe. You have no right to be here. Whether you can hear it or not, The universe is laughing behind your back.)

Therefore, make peace with your god, whatever you perceive him to be: hairy thunderer or cosmic muffin. With all its hopes, dreams, promises, and urban renewal, the world continues to deteriorate. GIVE UP!

[Chorus](You are a fluke of the universe. You have no right to be here. Whether you can hear it or not, The universe is laughing behind your back.)

42 posted on 09/15/2003 9:48:49 AM PDT by COBOL2Java
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To: theFIRMbss
The theory is, this project creates "Lucifer!"

Plutonium fuel on Galileo reacts to the high pressure, and like a small match starting a big forest fire, ignites Jupiter!

Possible if the ignition explosion is deep enough.
It would not be a steady state sun, becuse Jupiter is not dense enough. It would heat up and expand as it did. Eventually, the density would become too light to sustain fusion and would "go out". The Jupiter Sun would then begin to collapse, releasing gravitational energy as heat and light. It is possible that it would re-ignite spontaneously when it had fully collapsed.

43 posted on 09/15/2003 9:49:00 AM PDT by and the horse you rode in on (Put some ice on that)
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To: and the horse you rode in on
Would there even be anything left of the planet at that point?
44 posted on 09/15/2003 11:15:20 AM PDT by inquest (We are NOT the world)
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To: ActionNewsBill
Obviously you're really Richard C. Hoagland in disguse, aren't you? (LOL!) Masonics indeed.
45 posted on 09/15/2003 11:35:47 AM PDT by Rick.Donaldson (NMD @ MDA)
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To: Jonah Hex; nuconvert
I wonder what kind of microbes?

The kind that make yogurt?

No, the kind that make beer.

Jim Koch is trying to top himself again, he's not happy with 'Millennium', he's looking to turn Jupiter into a giant kettle to brew 'Interplanetary'. ;-) Hic!

46 posted on 09/15/2003 1:16:30 PM PDT by StriperSniper (The slippery slope is getting steeper.)
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To: Rick.Donaldson
Obviously you're really Richard C. Hoagland in disguse, aren't you? (LOL!) Masonics indeed.

I guess my secret is out in the open now. How did you guess?

47 posted on 09/15/2003 2:08:32 PM PDT by ActionNewsBill
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To: Joe Hadenuf
"New Jersey? Try tossing a match in it, maybe it will ignite."

Only if you promise to get your mini-Hubble out, snap a photo of the incineration, and post the pic on your FR profle page.

48 posted on 09/15/2003 7:44:07 PM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: F16Fighter
LOL.......
49 posted on 09/15/2003 8:36:37 PM PDT by Joe Hadenuf
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To: theFIRMbss
haiku?
50 posted on 09/15/2003 8:43:13 PM PDT by scan58
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