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Can people live on Jupiter?

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NASA scientists believe that no organism, human or otherwise, can live on Jupiter. The planet's high atmospheric pressure would crush humans, and almost any other organisms, while the inner temperatures would melt them. The planet is composed mainly of hydrogen and helium, making its conditions similar to those on the Sun.

In addition to pressure and temperature concerns, man-made spacecraft are at risk for damage by Jupiter's electrical field. The lack of any solid surface, aside from a theorized solid core, leads to severe weather conditions on the planet, such as the centuries-old storm known as the Great Red Spot. Although scientists consider Jupiter hostile to human life, some consider one of its moons, Europa, a possible host of life.

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    Can a human live on Jupiter?

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    A human cannot live on Jupiter. Overall, the average temperature on Jupiter is -238 degrees Fahrenheit, with temperatures at the core rising to an estimated 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. A probe dropped into the atmosphere by the Galileo spacecraft in 1995 recorded wind speeds of 400 miles per hour.

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    What is Jupiter made of?

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    Jupiter is a gas giant composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium in various forms, with trace elements taking up only 1 percent of the planet's composition. Although it is small compared to the sun, Jupiter is over twice as heavy as all other planets in the solar system combined.

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    Does Jupiter have seasons?

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    Jupiter, like all the other planets, has seasons. Since Jupiter takes about 12 Earth years to make a full orbit around the sun, each of its seasons lasts about three Earth years.

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    Who discovered Jupiter?

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    It is impossible to know who discovered Jupiter. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, was known to exist before recorded history. The naked eye can see Jupiter on a clear night sky without aid.

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