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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Jupiter in glorious color

Jupiter in glorious color
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Cool image time! The photograph on the right, reduced to post here, was color enhanced by citizen scientist Emma Walimaki from the original Juno image in order to bring out the features and storms visible in the upper storm layers of Jupiter.

The photo was taken during Juno’s 25th close fly-by of the gas giant, and thus we are only seeing a small portion of Jupiter’s sphere.

In comparing this image with the original, it appears that Walimaki simply made the colors that were already there brighter and more distinctive. Thus, these colors represent real data. Jupiter’s cloud tops are really blue, orange, tan, and brown, unlike Earth’s consistently and boringly white water clouds.

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  • Daniel J. Kaczynski

    Cool image, indeed! Jupiter is just so BIG, and the atmosphere so complex, it
    all seems almost overwhelming. I suspect future colonists on Jupiter’s moons
    will find the sight daunting.
    When I look at the blue gray band in the middle of the planet I get the odd
    impression that I’m looking at a Damascus steel knife blade.

  • sippin_bourbon

    ” I suspect future colonists on Jupiter’s moons
    will find the sight daunting.”

    Hope they have good rad shielding, or they will get a nasty “Jupiter-burn”.

  • wayne

    Outland (1981)

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