Posts Tagged ‘Jupiter’


What am I Lego-loving?

February 26, 2014

lego jupiter

David Reneke at Dave Reneke’s World of Space and Astronomy posted this wonderful story about strange and unusual objects that people have launched into space.  What caught my eye, of course, were the LEGO characters of Magellan, Jupiter and Juno being carried on a probe to Jupiter.

Mini-figurines of Galileo and the Roman deities Jupiter and Juno were launched in 2011 aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft en route to Jupiter . LEGO has flown products aboard the U.S. Space Shuttles and to the International Space Station previously, but Juno’s cargo represents the “most distant LEGO launch” ever. The figurines will burn up in Jupiter’s atmosphere along with the spacecraft at the end of the mission in October 2017.

Among the other objects launched are a Florida state quarter, the famous golden disc,  the Mars penny, and a wheel of cheese.   What would you send into space?


Whose notebook am I reading?

January 8, 2014

galileo notebook

 This is a page from Galileo’s notebook.  On this day in 1610, he recorded his observations of the moons of Jupiter, noting that they did not behave as stars, but appeared to travel with the planet.  It was this and other observations that cause Galileo trouble with the church.  They are also the reason his name and work endure today – 404 years later.  While Galileo was able to discern Jupiter’s 4 largest moons, the actual number of this planet’s moons is 50 or more. Thanks to Lights in the Dark for this reference.


jup moons


What is my best friend on tattoo Tuesday?

October 22, 2013


Are diamonds a girl’s best friend?  Perhaps they are on Saturn and Jupiter according to some researchers who hypothesize that heat, pressure and chemical conditions on these two giant planets may be conducive to the production of diamonds – diamonds that may rain down through the atmosphere.

This research, reported by David Reneke on his World of Space and Astronomy, was recently presented at the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences held in Denver, Colorado.

This research opens up new and interesting ways to look at the composition and mineral wealth of the solar system.  As for me, I am working on the development of my Hydrogen Integral Squeezing System (HISS) in order to produce more helium – because the world needs more helium.

And here are the tattoos: