Could a Spaceship Fly Through Jupiter?

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Jupiter is the largest gas giant in the solar system. Find out if a spaceship could fly through Jupiter with help from an experienced education professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Eylene Pirez, and I'm an astrophysicist and this is, "Could a spaceship fly through Jupiter?" So we refer to Jupiter as a gas giant. This is the largest gas giant. Recent studies have said that the core of Jupiter may actually be rocky and may actually be very big but lets assume that the core fly even with the rocky core can weave and fly through the atmosphere of Jupiter and could see what possibly could happen. Well the first hazard is radiation belts and the magnetosphere of Jupiter is very intense and can zap a spacecraft in no time, some of these belts go up to 200,000 kilometers from the actual planet so they extend from very far even just a spacecraft coming near Saturn can actually deal with the serious radiation effects. Now the second one is winds. Once you get to the surface you're going to face winds of about 150 miles per hour. You're also gonna get a lot of radiation and then say you survive the 250 miles per hour winds and say you go 20 miles into the atmosphere and now you have to face more winds and this is about 400 miles per hour winds. If you can survive all of that which a spacecraft will have a lot of difficulty doing so we can keep going and then once you pass the atmosphere you can get into the body of the planet and then you are actually going to encounter a pressure that will crush pretty much any type of satellite you have. This is about 44 million pounds per, per meter so it's actually a really, really strong pressure. So I mean technically if you can survive all of these things you can fly through some of Jupiter but I highly doubt that you will be able to make it all the way through. My name is Eylene Pirez and I'm an astrophysicist and this is, "Could you fly through Jupiter?"


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