Friday, December 21, 2018

Renewed Reign Of... Reason: Later Tonight, We Will Receive Data From The 16th Juno Plunge Past Jupiter's Poles...

. . .And with that, the mapping mission will be half done. A jaw slacking engineering beauty -- all in a lithe, twisting copper colored, gossamer sheath dress. . . smile. [Her closest approach comes around noon, Eastern.]

It should not be lost on us all back here on Earth, that 409 years ago, a scientist spoke reason to ignorant power, and ultimately was exiled, excommunicated and. . . died for it. But tonight, relying on his truths, Juno will paint Jupiter's cloud-tops with radio waves and listen for magnetic and heat signatures -- on a sixteenth close plunge. Reason will. . . prevail (also, by tweet, no less!) -- and the full blurb:

. . . ."With our 16th science flyby, we will have complete global coverage of Jupiter, albeit at coarse resolution, with polar passes separated by 22.5 degrees of longitude," said Jack Connerney, Juno deputy principal investigator from the Space Research Corporation in Annapolis, Maryland. "Over the second half of our prime mission — science flybys 17 through 32 — we will split the difference, flying exactly halfway between each previous orbit. This will provide coverage of the planet every 11.25 degrees of longitude, providing a more detailed picture of what makes the whole of Jupiter tick. . . ."

On, to a brighter tomorrow. Do love one another. It seems the only value that will endure -- is our love for one another. And the majesty of. . . . scientific reasoning, of course -- in time. Onward.


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