FM96 Top 10 Space Jams
- #1 Pink Floyd Brain Damage / Eclipse
- #2 Soundgarden Black Hole Sun
- #3 I Mother Earth One More Astronaut
- #4 R.E.M. Man on the Moon
- #5 Beastie Boys Intergalactic
- #6 David Bowie Space Oddity
- #7 Bloodhound Gang Fire, Water, Burn
- #8 Incubus Wish You Were Here
- #9 Blink 182 Aliens Exist
- #10 Muse Supermassive Black Hole
What a HUGE week for NASA and space exploration. The Juno spacecraft arrived at Jupiter this week where it will explore for the next 20 months after a five-year journey that almost had every NASA employee biting their nails off until 8:53pm on Monday July 4th, 2016.
From The Weather Network:
“…it became the fastest human-built object ever, reaching a speed of around 200,000 km/h as it sped from Jupiter’s north pole to south pole, passing through the planet’s intense radiation belts, and even slipping through its diffuse ring unscathed, to settle into orbit. All of this was accomplished to within one second of its planned arrival schedule.”
“Juno’s planned mission orbits. PJ = perijove, the closest point to Jupiter of an orbit. AJ = Apojove, the farthest point from Jupiter of an orbit. Galilean moon orbits shown in red. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI
These are extremely long elliptical orbits around Jupiter, which were chosen in order to save as much fuel as possible during Juno’s initial drop into the planet’s gravity well. NASA will use this time to turn on Juno’s instruments, test out the spacecraft’s systems, and then after the second of these orbits, right around the 19th of October, the spacecraft will drop into its 14-day science orbits, which are much closer in (shown in blue above). That’s when Juno will start its detailed investigation of the planet.”
Jupiter is a gas giant full of hydrogen and helium. It is the fifth rock from the sun and the biggest planet in the solar system.
What’s so mind-blowing about this mission is it’s the FIRST spacecraft to travel this long of a distance and operating strictly by solar power and THAT fast. Juno will try to determine how much WATER exists on the planet, something that’s usually a sign that leads to life. (Cue X-Files theme)
There’s some fun theories out there too that say our solar system evolved around Jupiter, being the biggest planet, instead of the sun. There’s evidence that aims to prove it may have almost been a sun itself…so Juno will help answer a lot of those questions.
Juno marks the second mission designed for Jupiter; the first was in 1989 when Galileo danced around the planet for about 10 years, observing the icy surface on one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa.
Want to have a good laugh about a 400-year old joke? Jupiter was named after the Roman god Jupiter, who had SEVERAL lovers. NASA’s ‘Juno’ is basically the wifey…going to bust him! More HERE > > http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/7/12118040/nasa-galileo-jupiter-moons-mistresses-wife-mythology-joke
Time to celebrate with 10 FM96 SPACE JAMS, or songs about space. Preparing for lift off..
Space seems to be pretty trendy in and out of rock and roll:
#1 Pink Floyd - Brain Damage / Eclipse
Pink Floyd’s 1973 release takes the cake when it comes to songs about SPACE. Not only is the album titled Dark Side of the Moon, but the imagery in the songwriting takes you on a journey through the stars.
And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
you shout and no one seems to hear
and if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes
I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon
And all that’s to come and everything under the sun is in tune
but the sun is eclipsed by the moon
#2 Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
#3 I Mother Earth - One More Astronaut
#4 R.E.M. Man on the Moon
#5 Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
Complete with a Star Trek reference, beautiful:
Like a pinch on the neck of Mr. Spock
#6 David Bowie - Space Oddity
Who did it better, Bowie or Commander Chris Hadfield?
#7 Bloodhound Gang - Fire, Water, Burn
This song planet-name drops PLUTO along with a Star Wars reference!
Yeah I’m hung like planet Pluto hard to see with the naked eye,
But if I crashed into Uranus I would stick it where the sun don’t shine,
Cause I’m kind of like Han Solo always stroking my own wookie,
I’m the root of all that’s evil yeah but you can call me cookie
#8 Incubus - Wish You Were Here
After the first chorus, you’ll hear the reference to space and UFOs:
The sky resembles a back-lit canopy
With holes punched in it
I’m counting UFOs
And in this moment I am happy, happy
#9 Blink 182 - Aliens Exist
Yes, there’s an old Blink 182 song called Aliens Exist off Enema of the State, but as we know, estranged-member Tom DeLonge has a thing for UFOS.
#10 Muse - Supermassive Black Hole
Ten years ago, rock’s most celestial-obsessed band, Muse, released an album titled Black Holes and Revelations. The album name comes from a line in the song Starlight:
Our hopes and expectations
Black holes and revelations
Supermassive Black Hole is about as deep into space as it gets!