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The radio emission of the planet Jupiter was discovered in 1955, and over the last 66 years, more and more discoveries have been made that give an idea of how the signals operate.
A mission extension has been given to the Juno program by NASA, soon after the spacecraft, which has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016, noticed a unique FM signal, possibly originating from the planet’s moon Ganymede. No such prohibition was placed on the largest and largest scale of solar system moons.
According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory website, robot explorers are now due to continue their mission to collect data about our solar system’s largest planet and its dozens of moons, at least until September 2025 or when it Stops working.
NASA Juno images from Jovian Moon revealed
The investigation will be expanded into the larger Jovian system, including the rings of Jupiter and the large moon, which are particularly of interest because some are known for water (especially Europa). In 2015, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope looked for evidence that Ganymede had an underground ocean.
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Jupiter’s snow-capped moon, two views of Europa
Later discoveries found moons on a short-list of the most likely locations in the solar system for primitive life.
“Since its first class in 2016, Juno has given a series of revelations about the internal functioning of this massive gas giant. With the extended mission, we will answer the basic questions that arose during Juno’s major mission to reach beyond the planet to explore Jupiter’s ring system and Galilean satellites, “said Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute .
Specifications of ‘milestone’ signal sparks
Radio emission was originally detected around Jupiter in 1955, triggering extensive studies by researchers.
However, a milestone radio emission coming from one of Jupiter’s largest moons, Ganymede, was observed by Juno for five seconds while it was flying at a speed of 50 kmph or 111,847 mph. Waves were detected in magnetic lines connecting Ganymede to the giant polar regions of the gas. The findings were published in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters.
UFO hunters would prefer to interpret the signal as being associated with some alien reality, a phenomenon believed to be the result of electrons amplifying radio waves, in a process called cyclotron meser instability (CMI).
“It’s not an ET, it’s a natural act,” NASA spokesman Patrick Wiggens quoted KTVX at UTV.
The phenomenon is related to the physical process, even if it is small, that produces an aurora on Earth.
According to NASA’s detailed description, the spread of electrons in Jupiter’s magnetic field is thought to be due to radio noise.
The Juno spacecraft was launched to Jupiter in 2011 to work out how the planet formed and evolved over time, setting a cutoff date for the 2021 mission.
The expanded mission now includes 42 additional orbits of Jupiter, as well as the flyby of its moons Ganymede, Io and Europa.
Juno is scheduled to pass over Ganymede on 7 June 2021, which later moves towards Europa.
The length of polar cyclones at Jupiter’s poles will be studied, and NASA hopes to make a first-detailed study of the faint ring system that surrounds the planet.
“The mission designers have done an amazing job creating an extended mission that conserves the mission’s single most valuable ship resource – fuel. Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Juno project manager Ed Hirst said that many satellites transport our spacecraft through flybys, the Jovian system, providing a wealth of science opportunities.