SETI Vacationing on Jupiter

Larry Klaes (
Tue, 06 Jul 1999 13:56:30 -0400

>Date: Sat, 03 Jul 1999 20:16:38 -0400
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>July 3, 1999
> Like the Beach, Only With More Gravity
> Thanks to the booming economy, more Americans than ever are
expected to
> travel this summer. The prospect of crowded national
parks and the
> unstable situation in Europe have led many families to
look elsewhere when
> planning their annual getaway.
> Jupiter, long dismissed as the ugly duckling of the gaseous
planets, has
> undergone a Cleveland-like rejuvenation in the past few years.
With a sparkling
> new ball park opening next year and the Republicans eyeing the
planet for their
> 2004 convention, Jupiter's future is bright (or as bright as
can be expected for a
> cloud-covered orb located 480 million miles from the Sun). But
a trip to Jupiter
> does require planning, so here are a few things to keep in
mind before leaving:
> Getting There: From Cape Canaveral, board a Ulysses 3 pod
attached to a Titan IV
> rocket. Use the Venetian gravitational pull to "slingshot" you
toward Jupiter.
> Allow six years for the trip. Bear in mind that flying to
Jupiter can be expensive
> ($27.4 billion off-peak), but travelers take heart -- Kiwi has
announced it will soon
> be flying five daily nonstops out of La Guardia for $219.
> Weather: The planet's outer region averages a chilly -244F.
The temperature rises
> to 20,000K as you sink to the core, however, so wear layers!
Asthma sufferers
> should note that the Jovian atmosphere is a stuffy 90 percent
> Getting Around: Much as a Denver tourist needs a day or two to
adjust to the
> altitude, Jupiter's crushing gravity leaves many newcomers
feeling slightly
> "sluggish." Visitors should count on setting aside five hours
for every two feet of
> movement.
> Night Life: The Jovian magnetosphere emits 100 trillion watts
of power (the
> equivalent of eight million nuclear explosions!), which has
been known to
> encourage tourists to stay in and be "couch potatoes."
> What to See: Jupiter has a mass of 1.9 x 10 to the 27th power
kg and can house
> 1,300 Earths. Many visitors become frustrated by their
inability to "see it all." The
> smart traveler goes in with the understanding that he or she
won't be able to do
> everything and instead finds an interesting five-foot area to
explore in the few
> nanoseconds before perishing.
> Locals: As you may or may not know, Jupiter is inhabited by
millions of reptilian
> aliens. According to several movies made on the topic, these
bug-eyed creatures
> are extremely hostile, possess superhuman strength and have
the ability to read
> human minds. Tourists are therefore advised to carry
traveler's checks and to not
> wear flashy jewelry.
> "Will I be killed by ionized particles?" Yes.
> Did You Know? The planet's noxious ammonia clouds create an
environment not
> unlike our idea of hell!
> The Great Red Spot: With its distinctive look and Olde World
charm, this
> centuries-old hurricane is considered by many travelers to be
a "must see." Some,
> however are put off by the 400-kilometer-per-hour winds and
raining sulfur. (Bring
> a poncho!)
> Tipping: Same as Earth.
> Leaving: Jupiter's mammoth gravitational pull requires an
escape velocity of
> 133,000 miles per hour, encouraging many visitors to "stay."
> Tom Ruprecht is a writer for the ``Late Show With David
> Copyright 1999 The New York Times Company
>Jay Respler
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