Windy and Dry, High Turbulence

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JUPITER: NASA scientists have never been so thrilled to hear about bad weather -- in this case, on Jupiter. Data from a drone craft that parachuted through Jupiter's cloudy atmosphere in early December is enabling scientists to form more accurate theories about how the planet was formed. The 57 minute weather report from the Galileo space probe showed only half the anticipated amount of helium and a cloud structure different than expected. The probe confirmed that Jupiter is not likely to be a vacation spot anytime soon. Winds on Jupiter are faster than scientists first supposed, reaching 330 mph. Further, an absence of lightning indicates that the atmosphere may be too dry to support earthlike life.