Might a Rocket Fly By Jupiter Since It is a Gasoline Big?

published on July 2, 2020

would you like to go where no one has

ever gone before no I don't mean Mars

let's leave that to Elon Musk and NASA

today I suggest going much much further

we're waiting for a trip to the gas

giant Jupiter pack your bags

the rocket is ready the journey to the

most mysterious planet in the solar

system will take more than five years

but it will be worth it

are you ready then let's go

I mentioned this gas giant not by


unless landing and taking a walk on the

surface of Jupiter wouldn't work the

atmosphere of the largest planet in the

solar system consists mainly of hydrogen

and helium landing on Jupiter would be

like landing on a cloud but since its

gas it means that we can easily fly

through the entire atmosphere of Jupiter

and come out the other end right not

everything is as simple as it seems so

we're approaching mysterious Jupiter

until we enter its atmosphere you can

look out the window and have the giant

whose radius would easily fit five and a

half earth sized planets and if it was

hollow inside it could hide more than

1,300 such planets yes these dimensions

are impressive see these white ovals on

its surface those are its jewels seven

giant whirlwinds of bright white color

like a string of pearls frame the

southern hemisphere of our object of

study and look there's the famous Great

Red Spot whose width is approximately

13 times the diameter of Earth this is

a colossal anticyclonic storm and the

largest atmosphere were went in the

solar system I'm already looking forward

to plunging into the bowels of this

mysterious planet in just a few minutes

hold on tight we're already entering

upper atmosphere it's worth mentioning

that the spacecraft will be shaking

violently this is no surprise because

we'll be moving at about a hundred and

seventy seven thousand kilometers or

110,000 miles an hour

it's a good thing that passengers are

protected by the thick walls of the

spaceship from the chaos happening

outside we haven't even reached deep

into the proper atmosphere of Jupiter

but it's already extremely hot 727

degrees Celsius that's thirteen hundred

and forty Fahrenheit it's scary to

imagine what's next

Jupiter like a spinning top rotates

around its axis so fast that one day

here lasts only 10 earth hours therefore

winds here blow at a speed of about 500

kilometers or more than 300 miles an

hour for comparison on earth the

deadliest hurricanes blow at 250

kilometres or 155 miles an hour

whereas on Jupiter they are twice as

strong strangely it seems to be cooling

down now as we fly deeper the

temperature outside has dropped to minus

73 degrees Celsius that's minus 100

Fahrenheit but the pressure on the

contrary has increased we exit the

stratosphere of Jupiter and immediately

dive into its troposphere here the

temperature pressure and wind speed

increase as we go deeper but just look

at how beautiful it is here

dense ammonia clouds are swirling around

us see those flashes that's lightning

here it's incredibly powerful it

permeates Jupiter's atmosphere and is

sometimes the size of the whole United

States we have traveled only 2% of the

way to the center of Jupiter but

unfortunately we've already reached the

point where all of our previous research

of this gas giant ended

at 1162 kilometers or 722 miles or 133

kilometers or 83 miles below visible

clouds the probe of the spacecraft

Galileo lost contact with the earth and

was destroyed by the highest pressure in

the planet it lasted almost 58 minutes

in Jupiter's deadly atmosphere but even

that was quite a feat now more than a

decade has passed since then we will

assume that over the years technology

has advanced and a different fate awaits

our current spaceship behind us is

already four thousand kilometers about

2,500 miles of our journey there's no

turning back

we're coming closer and closer to

Jupiter's core one of the biggest

mysteries of space it's not just hot

it's impossibly hot outside the heat has

risen to 3371 degrees Celsius that's 60

100 Fahrenheit it's good that our rocket

is made of a super-strong material

that's even more durable than tungsten

otherwise our trip would end here

visibility is almost zero so now we're

navigating intuitively through this

powerful stream at this depth

communication with the outside world is

lost all radio signals have been

absorbed by the giant planets

environment and we continue descending

into the depths of Jupiter there where

not a single space probe has ever

reached and where the human foot will

probably never step look what's that off

in the distance an incredible boiling

ocean of some strange substance we are

at a depth of more than 20,000

kilometers or about 12 and a half

thousand miles in one of the inner

layers of Jupiter what happens here

would be difficult for even the most

famous scientists in the world to

explain not far from the core of

gas giant it's already hotter than the

surface of the Sun and the pressure is

two million times stronger than on the

Earth's surface these conditions are so

extreme that the hydrogen in Jupiter's

atmosphere completely changes its

properties the atoms in the hydrogen

molecules are so close together that

their electrons become common like in

metals and a new state of hydrogen forms

known as metallic hydrogen

just imagine the lightest element in the

universe is compressed and heated to

such an extent that it acquires the

characteristics of a metal what a pity

we can't look at this ocean from a bit

closer metallic hydrogen has high

reflectivity even if we switched on the

brightest spotlights at full power we

still wouldn't see anything below since

90% of the light would be reflected it

seems as though our spacecraft is mired

in some kind of swamp and not moving


due to the struggle between the enormous

gravity of the planet itself and the

buoyancy of the hydrogen here it's

similar to both plunging and being

simultaneously pushed back although is

it really a swamp

if experts have compared the density of

this substance to a rock be that as it

may for some time the rocket would still

shake from side to side before it

completely stopped moving and became a

free-floating body in the center of

Jupiter we seem to be in big trouble so

it's better to immediately teleport back

to earth otherwise any later and it will

be too late but is there anything

interesting deeper of course there's the

core of Jupiter the debate about what is

at the centre of this giant planet has

not yet concluded some scientists

suggest that the core is a molten ball

of liquid others claim it's a rocky body


– 18 times the mass of Earth the dense

central core may be surrounded by a

layer of metallic hydrogen with another

layer of molecular hydrogen on top but

one thing is certain it's incredibly hot

up to 35,000 Celsius that's 63,000

Fahrenheit according to reports even the

core itself can't withstand such

temperatures and melt it's a pity that

we couldn't reach it to see it all with

our own eyes in one fell swoop we could

have resolved the dispute so be it let's

leave this mystery untouched it's

obvious that flying through Jupiter on a

rocket doesn't work before we even

reached the center the spacecraft was

headed for a collision with its ocean of

metallic hydrogen and the trip itself

can't be cold pleasant indeed on Jupiter

there is incredible pressure

overwhelming radiation the strongest

magnetic field in the solar system and

abnormally high temperatures you can add

raging hurricanes and whirl winds to

that and you have a deadly cocktail that

destroys and absorbs everything in its

path I suggest we leave the research of

this huge boiling hydrogen caldron to

something else for example space probes

moreover since 2016 there is one

specifically the spacecraft juno that

has been actively exploring Jupiter's

atmosphere and preparing its new amazing

discoveries for us while you and I won't

likely visit Jupiter you can at least

listen to the song of the Bois Jacques

these sounds are what the spacecraft

Juno heard when it entered the gas

giants magnetosphere you can also admire

the most powerful Aurora's in the entire

solar system and it's all millions of

kilometres from Earth however despite

these and many other discoveries Jupiter

still remains a tough not for

researchers to crack and so far more

questions remain than answers what do

you think we'll the second spacecraft

sent to study this distant planet

managed to reach its very depths and

reveal the secrets of its core write

your guesses in the comments and

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