The Extinction Protocol

November 19, 2011NASA released fresh imagery Thursday of a mega-storm that encircled Saturn for more than six months earlier this year, becoming the longest-lived weather system ever observed on the ringed planet. The Cassini spacecraft circling Saturn also became the first probe to ever observe such a large storm from nearby. Previous system were studied from telescopes on or near Earth. The storm emerged Dec. 5, 2010, and stretched around the planet by the end of January, according to NASA. Its north-south width eventually reached 9,000 miles. Cassini’s radio and plasma wave instrument also detected lightning from the storm, confirming it was a “convective” weather system, NASA said. “The Saturn storm is more like a volcano than a terrestrial weather system,” said Andrew Ingersoll, a Cassini imaging team member at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. “The pressure builds up for many years before the storm erupts…

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