GROUNDBREAKING new NASA data 'surprises' scientists - 'unlike anything we have EVER seen' - Milkyway

GROUNDBREAKING new NASA data 'surprises' scientists - 'unlike anything we have EVER seen'

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 The Cassini spacecraft which gathered crucial information




The Cassini spacecraft which gathered crucial information (Image: NASA)

The new findings were hailed as “invaluable” and “unlike anything we have ever seen” according to Caltech scientist David Stevenson. Both spacecraft provided microwave information concerning the atmosphere surrounding each planet. The incredible data was received from two of NASA’s spacecraft, Juno and Cassini from the gas planets, Jupiter and Saturn.

According to researchers, the data could alter how scientists believe solar systems are formed and behave.

Mr. Stevenson said: “Although there are puzzles yet to be explained, this is already clarifying some of our ideas about how planets form, how they make magnetic fields and how the winds blow.

"Any explanation for this has to be unorthodox.

“But science would be boring if it merely confirmed what we previously thought.”





 The Juno flight crew celebrates its insertion into Saturn's atmosphere

The Juno flight crew celebrates its insertion into Saturn's atmosphere (Image: GETTY)

Cassini spent 13 years orbiting Saturn before terminating itself by smashing into the planet two years ago.

Juno, however, has been tracking Jupiter for the last two-and-a-half years.

Mr. Stevenson added: “Overall, a successful mission is one that surprises us.”

He concluded that the groundbreaking magnetic and gravitational data was incredible “but also confounding”.

 Cassini's crew prepares for its last transmission

Cassini's crew prepares for its last transmission (Image: CNET)

With this new data, NASA hopes it can replicate the atmospheric pressures and temperatures on Earth in order to understand how Saturn and Jupiter work.

This recent news comes nearly a month after NASA declared its Opportunity rover dead after it disappeared in a dust storm on Mars.

The rover lasted longer than any other Mars lander before.

Moreover, it also discovered that water once flowed on the planet while there may have once been life on Mars too.

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