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Jupiter, the continuing fallout from Climategate, and the Higgs particle

By Anjana Ahuja   185

By Jove! The most detailed ever peek at Jupiter, the largest planet in our neck of the cosmic woods, gets underway in August with the launch of Juno. The solar-powered spacecraft, which is part of Nasa’s New Frontiers program, will fly over the planet’s poles, search for evidence of water or ice, and look at the Jovian aurora. The gas giant, which has no solid surface but is instead an ungraspable soufflé of hydrogen and helium clouds, excites space scholars because it has more mass than all the other planets put together and was probably the first to form. But…

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