Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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Hubble snaps new hi-res photo of Jupiter

Jupiter, as seen by Hubble in 2020
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Astronomers have used the Hubble Space Telescope to take a new global image of Jupiter, aimed to provide an global census of the gas giant’s storm systems.

This latest image of Jupiter, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope on August 25, 2020, was captured when the planet was 406 million miles from Earth. Hubble’s sharp view is giving researchers an updated weather report on the monster planet’s turbulent atmosphere, including a remarkable new storm brewing, and a cousin of the famous Great Red Spot region gearing up to change color – again.

The moon seen to the left is Europa. Hubble takes annual images of the planets outward from Earth in order to provide scientists this global view.

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  • Max

    I keep wondering if the great red spot, Jupiters other South Pole, is responsible for Io’s volcanoes. The strong magnetic flux inducing heat as the moon passes.
    There’s good reason to believe that Europa might be liquid under the ice for the same reason. Future home of the Jovian moon mining consortium refueling station…

  • sippin_bourbon

    Continental Amalgamated, mining on Io.
    (Outland, 1981).


    Beautiful picture.

  • James Street

    Last month during the Republican National Convention (RNC) the humor/parody site The Babylon Bee came up with this article:

    RNC Surprise: Trump Announces Space Force Has Defeated Jupiter
    “I know what the main thing is worrying all Americans right now,” Trump told a crowd of supporters who were neither wearing masks nor socially distancing, since that’s for sissies. “You’re worried that lurking out there is our greatest enemy, the planet Jupiter. You no longer need to worry, because it has been defeated!”

  • wayne

    Outland (1981)
    –the first 9 minutes-

  • born01930

    With clarity like that from Hubble, how large would the mirror need to be to make Europa as clear? I read once somewhere we could possibly make and place telescopes large enough on the moon to see continents on eco-planets. Maybe I mis-remember

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