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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The beauty of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

The cool image below needs little explanation. It shows, in all its beauty, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, taken from a Juno image during the spacecraft’s 21st fly-by of Jupiter. Citizen scientists Navaneeth Krishnan S enhanced the image only slightly, but that slight work brought out the details quite wonderfully.

Jupiter and its Great Red Spot
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  • Kevin R.

    That would make for a beautiful glycee print.

  • I print glycee…give me a call

  • Richard M

    How amazing it would be to see that in person – I mean, if you could be shielded from the radiation.

  • pzatchok

    How lucky we humans are to have such a beautiful solar system.

    Aliens that pass through must be jealous.

  • LocalFluff

    Scientists conclude unanimously. “- It’s red! like a lipstick.”

    I watched Jupiter as a child, through a 4-5 inch refractor. It was my favorite celestial object. (Saturn wrought its rings against me at the time so it was nothing but a blob.) The disc of Jupiter blinds out background stars so that its four moons are clearly distinguishable. Jupiter’s belts are clear, it’s a striped planet. And its red spot. All in much fainter colors that are here enhanced.

    What’s great with Jupiter is its fast rotation and its fast moons. During the same night, Jupiter revolves 180+ degrees. One can see the red spot move from hour to hour. And its quick moons change their constellation. The state of Jupiter’s moons (and the red spot?) was in the 18th century suggested as a solution for time keeping before reliable mechanical clocks were engineered. The problem to be solved being the longitude of a ship at sea. But it was of course very impractical to make astronomical observations with a telescope on a ship, the half of the time that Jupiter is in the night sky, disregarding weather. They should’ve gone with the pulsar clock.

  • Richard M: Same thought; orbiting hotel; but the radiation environment . . . Oh, well. Still pretty to look at through robot eyes.

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