Why Probe Jupiter? "Ask a Spaceman!" Astronomer/Popular Science Podcaster Comments on NASA Juno Probe's July 4 Arrival at Jupiter

Article ID: 656513

Released: 1-Jul-2016 9:05 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: Ohio State University

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Newswise — While the cameras of NASA’s Juno space probe are sure to capture stunning images of Jupiter’s cloud tops when it reaches orbit on July 4, Paul Sutter, astrophysicist and Visiting Fellow at the Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics at The Ohio State University, is most excited about what’s beneath the surface.

“The Juno Probe is humanity's herald to Jupiter, signaling the beginning of a new wave of exploration to the giant planet and its moons, which may be teeming with life underneath their icy crusts,” he said.

Sutter is a leader in making science understandable and relatable. From gravitational waves to space exploration, he is able to explain not only the physics, but the importance and relevance for society today. As an astrophysicist, he has expert-level knowledge of the solar system, and he regularly engages thousands of listeners through his popular "Ask a Spaceman!" podcast.

He is available for further comment on the Juno mission’s significance—and its future.

"Jupiter has a really strong magnetic field, which wraps belts of high-velocity charged particles around it. Our poor little probe won't last long - just a few years - before it's too battered to continue,” he said.

Sutter can be reached directly through this web form: http://www.pmsutter.com/contact/.


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