Visiting Jupiter

By Joy P. 7th Period G.T. Science

Come Visit Jupiter!

Jupiter. Largest planet in the solar system. Fifth planet from the Sun. Named after the Roman king of the gods. A beautiful gas planet with elaborate red and white swirls. For years and years, all we could ever do was see this planet through photos taken by satellites. But now, you have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of admiring this planet's beauty with your own eyes!

Jupiter: the Planet

Jupiter is 483,800,000 miles (778,500,000 km) from the Sun. It is also 12,000,000,000 miles from the Earth.
The planet is a gas planet, mainly composed of the liquid matter and the gases hydrogen and helium. It has a rocky core, overlaid by a thick layer of liquid hydrogen.

Jupiter has the largest planetary atmosphere in the solar system, reaching over 5,000 kilometers in altitude.

As well as being the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter also has over 67 moons. The largest, named Ganymede, has a diameter larger than the planet Mercury!

Jupiter Days and Years

A year on Jupiter equals around 11.86 Earth years. However, a day on Jupiter is only 9 hours and 56 minutes in Earth time, much less than the 24 hours on our planet Earth. Remember, a year is how long it takes for a planet to revolve around the Sun, while a day is how long a planet takes to rotate around its own axis.

Jupiter Weather and Climate Report

A vacation to another planet in the solar system isn't complete without a weather and climate report! Jupiter has a bed of clouds split into two layers: a thick layer, and a thinner and clearer layer. The clouds are composed of ammonia crystals. There is also a possibility of there being a thin layer of water clouds below the ammonia clouds, as there have been flashes of lightning on the planet to support the claim.

The average temperatures on Jupiter varies, but is usually around -234 degrees Fahrenheit (-145 degrees Celsius).

The wind speeds on Jupiter average at 100 miles/second. The water clouds can also produce thunderstorms in reaction to the intense heat from the interior.

Popular Tourist Attractions

Jupiter is truly a special planet, with all its swirling beauty. However, some features of the planet are more popular than others. Here are some of the recommended sites:

The Great Red Spot:

This is probably the most noticeable feature of Jupiter. The Great Red Spot is a persistent, anticyclonic storm stretching even larger than planet Earth. Hop into a flight pod with one of our specially trained pilots and zoom over the red spot, gazing down and taking pictures like none other before.

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'Moon Hopping':

Moon Hopping is a popular event for visitors. The passengers, called 'Hoppers', board shuttles and fly from moon to moon, visiting the various theme parks and hotels located on each moon.

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Gravity on Jupiter

Jupiter's gravitational pull is approximately 2.54 times greater than Earth's gravitational pull, meaning that you'd weight 2.54 times more on Jupiter than on Earth.
However, due to Jupiter being a big ball of gases, our hotels and amusement parks are located on the moons, as well as floating in orbit around Jupiter.
Our main hotel and parks are located on the moon Europa, which is similar in size to our own Earth moon. Europa's gravitational pull is much less than on Earth and Jupiter. If you weighed 100 lbs on Earth, then you'd weigh 236.4 lbs on Jupiter and 13.35 lbs on Europa.

How to Get to Jupiter

If you're considering Jupiter as your next vacation destination, then good for you! Tickets can be purchased online or at certain locations in over thirty different countries. The tickets cover the round trip, to and from Jupiter.
The maximum amount of baggage per person is 50 lbs. But don't worry, we offer toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels, and all other essentials at the hotels.
First, you board our shuttle, which launches from our space station. There are over ten different stations around the world, in multiple countries. Our U.S. station is located in Arizona.
The shuttle takes you from Earth to the Moon, where the ten shuttles all meet up at the main station. There, all passengers board our express shuttle, which takes guests to the moon Europa, where they disembark. Guests can then board different, smaller shuttles to their hotels on four of Jupiter's moons: Europa, Io, Ganymede, and Callisto.

The Trip to Jupiter

Jupiter is roughly 628,300,000 kilometers away from the Earth. On our space shuttle, it takes around 1 2/3 years to go between the two planets. The round trip is about 3 years. However, hotel rooms, restaurants, and recreation parks are provided on the shuttle, along with a medical center equipped with some of the best doctors available.