SETI bioastro: Earth Owes Jupiter Huge Debt

From: Larry Klaes (lklaes@bbn.com)
Date: Fri Apr 28 2000 - 10:03:13 PDT


Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 07:54:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: baalke@jpl.nasa.gov
Subject: Earth Owes Jupiter Huge Debt
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Earth owes Jupiter huge debt
San Jose Mercury News
April 27, 2000

WASHINGTON -- Astronomers are developing a new appreciation for Earth's big
brother in the sky, that glowing ball of hot gas known as the planet
Jupiter.

Jupiter's massive gravity acts as a shield, sheltering Earth from most of
the roving comets and asteroids that otherwise could smash into our planet,
snuffing out plants and animals. Jupiter is uniquely situated to this role,
unlike any of the 34 alien planets recently discovered around other stars.

Full story here:

http://www.mercurycenter.com/premium/nation/docs/jupiter27.htm



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