(ORDO NEWS) — Have you ever wondered what will happen to the spacecraft if it starts to plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere? Could he fly out from the other side of the planet? It is good that modern science can answer such an interesting question.
To begin with, we recall that Jupiter is mostly composed of hydrogen and helium; the gas giant most likely does not have a solid surface in the usual sense. The planet’s diameter is 139,820 kilometers, so the flight (fall) will be long and painful.
Imagine that you are aboard a spaceship and start an insane dive …
Once you enter Jupiter’s atmosphere, gravity will accelerate the ship to 177,000 km / h. Within 5 seconds, the device will pick up atmospheric vortices whose speed reaches 576 km / h.
Just 7 seconds (350 km deep) after the start of the dive, the pressure will be 100 times higher than on Earth. By the way, it was after such a period of time that NASA’s Galileo spacecraft was destroyed, which was “dropped” into the atmosphere of Jupiter in 2003.
At a depth of 700 km, the pressure will be 1200 times higher than on Earth (at the bottom of the Martian Trench, this figure is lower by 128 points), and it is hardly possible to survive in such conditions, moving at great speed. However, this is just a hypothetical experiment, so let’s continue.
At a depth of 4000 km, the temperature will rise to 3300 degrees Celsius. At a depth of 21,000 km, the pressure will already be 2 million times higher than on the surface of the Earth, and the temperature will be 5500 degrees! Under these conditions, hydrogen becomes metallic (phase transition). It would be an inevitable end for a would-be traveler in any case.
Naturally, the “departure” would never have happened, since no technology and materials are able to survive the hell that is happening in the bowels of Jupiter. Even the most reliable spacecraft would be destroyed, disintegrated and become an indivisible part of the gas giant.
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