On the Radar: Jupiter mission, jobs for vets, Tiger's return
LEGO mini-statues of the mythological god Jupiter, left, his wife Juno, and the astronomer Galileo will be aboard the Mission Juno satellite.
August 5th, 2011
06:02 AM ET

On the Radar: Jupiter mission, jobs for vets, Tiger's return

Three things you need to know today.

Jupiter mission: NASA plans to launch its Mission Juno satellite on Friday to begin a five-year, 400-million-mile journey to Jupiter that the space agency hopes will help reveal how our solar system was formed.

Liftoff is scheduled for 11:34 a.m. ET.

Mission Juno will offer unprecedented insight into the formation of our solar system by investigating what lies underneath Jupiter's atmosphere, astronomers said at Kennedy Space Center. Jupiter is known for its violent storms and gaseous atmosphere.

Scott Bolton, principal investigator for the mission, said Jupiter - which is 1,300 times larger than Earth - holds a key to understanding the solar system because it's believed to be the first planet to have formed after the sun.

While this is not a manned mission, the satellite will carry a crew of three LEGO figures, 1.5-inch-tall likenesses of Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno.

Galileo is credited with several discoveries about Jupiter, including finding four of its moons. The LEGO figurine will carry a telescope to salute this.

The mythological Jupiter was a mischief-maker who surrounded himself in clouds. Juno was able to see through those clouds to see what her husband was up to. The LEGO Juno will carry a magnifying glass on the mission while Jupiter carries a lightning bolt.

LEGO is partnering with NASA to promote children's interest in science, math, engineering and technology.

Jobs for vets: President Barack Obama will outline a new initiative Friday that aims to  help former members of the military find private sector jobs, part of a renewed job creation effort focusing on  unemployed veterans.

In a speech at the Washington Navy Yard, the president is expected to lay out a series of reforms that his administration is pledging will better prepare service members for the civilian work force and encourage employers to hire recent veterans.

Among the president's proposals will be a "Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credit," which would provide businesses that hire veterans a tax break, varying in size depending on how long the newly hired veteran has been unemployed and whether he or she has a disability.

At minimum in the president's proposal includes a $2,400 credit for hiring a short-term unemployed veteran while a $9,600 credit would be available for hiring a long-term unemployed and disabled veteran.

Tiger's comeback: Tiger Woods begins the second round of his comeback after three months off from golf due to injury. After one round of the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, Woods is six strokes behind leader Adam Scott.

Sports Illustrated senior writer Gary Van Sickle looks at what Woods showed us in shooting a first-round, two under par 68.

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soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. DP

    How embarrassing if this is the probe the aliens find first.

    August 5, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas the Train

      How embarrassing is it to have DP as your initials?

      August 5, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • GonzoG

      Why? That Humans would put miniature icons from our cultural past in a probe then launch it into space?

      Sir! That's not silliness, that's archeology!

      August 5, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      WHY would aliens find a probe in orbit around JUPITER? If they're that close, there is far more embarrassing things for them to find, like our radio and television broadcasts and internet connectivity that would show them your post.
      There could be nothing more embarrassing to our species than that.

      August 5, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. The Jackdaw

    That is cool! I think they should get their own tiny parachute as well.

    August 5, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Arrrrgh

    NASA can be so cool sometimes.

    August 5, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. erich2112x

    Great, now the aliens will think that's what we look like.

    August 5, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • wed110197

      With all the "plastic" surgery going on today we do.

      August 5, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • The Jackdaw

      Either they will think that we are wicked cool to play with Lego’s, or they the shackles they make for us will be square and they will not be able to enslave us; their plans being thwarted by our wicked cool toys!

      August 5, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • chenz66

      The Jackdaw – I agree, How funny would it be if the aliens (real aliens not illegal immigrants)came here thinking they can take us over because of the size of ther Legos.

      August 5, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. lesterg

    NASA has not done a good job promoting science. The space station, for example, is an engineering feat but no good science has so far come from it.

    Instead of sending legos to Jupiter and promoting that company, NASA and the president should be promoting scientists who are doing things that will get kids excited. How about the President regularly inviting a scientist to lunch and publicizing the scientist and what he is she is doing?

    August 5, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin in Atlanta

      Obama, and many presidents before him, do regularly promote science in a number of events. Do a Google search for "Science at the White House"

      August 5, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      EVERY president has promoted NASA and science, while congress cuts NASA's budget.
      PLENTY of good science has come from the ISS, pity you pay zero attention to that FACT.
      Meanwhile, we hear from the tea party, mostly, how NASA is a waste of taxpayers money and how we should leave space alone.
      Perhaps we should, we'll start with leaving it alone with not replacing our aged GPS satellites, as we've not been doing for a decade. They're due to fail soon anyway.
      That way we can be a proper luddite, third world nation.

      August 5, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. joel weinberg

    I wish they would have shot some doodoo into space. That would have been funny and interesting. School children would have really been interested then.

    August 5, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. james darnley

    there are other way;s of getting kids intrested in science.then we can spend the money on feeding starving children on this planet who will starve to death never knowing what the word science even means.we don;t have the right to waste all this money finding out crap that does not matter because all the planets are uninhabitable and space travel for humans is an impossibility

    August 5, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • The Jackdaw

      Science takes us away from the Dark Ages and benefits all of humanity. If you want to cut spending to feed starving people, you should cut back on the tax breaks to major oil companies and military spending or reallocate the money wasted on the billion dollar golden parachutes of our government officials who do nothing but dig us further into debt for their personal financial gain. Feeding the starving is good, but do not halt progress and learning when there are clearly other things that need to be curtailed first.

      August 5, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      So, learning about our universe and solar system and by extension about our own Earth is bad and wasteful.
      You want to take US tax dollars and feed the starving people of the world, people who are starving due to their governments failing them and not caring enough to see to it that their people are fed.
      Very well, we're on the right path now. No more shuttle. No replacement for the shuttle. Bumming a ride with the Russians.
      Let's pull out of the ISS too, we can have bible study instead! No more GPS satellites, they're a waste of money, let the aged constellation fail and not replace them.
      Shut down all medical research, feed the starving people, even if we have to invade sovereign nations to do it.
      Just to keep Luddites like you happy and place the US more firmly on the path you set for us, that of a path of decay into third world status.

      August 5, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. ZIN ZIN

    Sounds like a guy I know HaaH!!!! (me!)

    August 5, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. WiserThanEwe

    "LEGO is partnering with NASA to promote children's interest in science, math, engineering and technology."
    I think it's safe to say, LEGO is partnering with NASA to promote LEGO. But, that's really ideal. If only more companies would see the benefit of constructive, positive PR campaigns that both promote their sales and promote the well-being of society. Give the type of children that enjoy toys like LEGOs, I think this is well targeted.

    August 5, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. nomnom

    if another intelligence finds this probe they will think we have claw hands and a circle on our heads! lol

    August 5, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. funky bunch

    NASA gave us Tang.

    August 5, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin in Atlanta

    I love science. I'm always confused and a bit saddened when people say that exploration is useless to society. If that were the case we'd still think the Earth was both flat and the center of the Universe...

    We left the dark ages for a reason...

    August 5, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Thank you, Kevin. Well put.

      August 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Who

    I think NASA should build a Bride that isn't prone to bouts of PMS. That would be a small leap for man, a giant leap for mankind. 😉

    August 5, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    Hey cody i am with you man if it was left to 3 quarters of these leftist morons all of the tax money would be spent on groups like acorn and black panthers so on people that refuse to work THEY have no imagination at all And JOBS FOR VETS employers should not have to be bribed to hire the vet of which i am both a vet and employer I see that as a election ploy

    August 5, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Muddy condom

    I want 2 find an alien so I can probe its booty hole

    August 5, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Grumpster

      giggity

      August 5, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
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