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What It's Like To Live On The Outer Planets Of the Solar System
First of all I will familiarize you with our travel arrangements on our tour of the Solar System. We have a special impenetrable space supersuit, allowing us to survive in the most inhospitable places in the universe without any discomfort whatsoever. Our mode of transport is a space cruiser capable of a million miles per minute. So lets continue...
We are setting off from the Sun in our craft. We pass earth after 93 minutes on our 8 hour journey to Jupiter. Jupiter is big and orange coloured. Everything about this planet is almost beyond the imagination, as are the other planets beyond. We arrive and descend onto Jupiter, but we can't land on the surface because it hasn't got a surface. Jupiter is giant ball of gas. We will have to land on a space station in the outer atmosphere. The atmosphere consists of Hydrogen, Helium and Methane. The temprature outside the space station is -130 degrees centigrade(-200F), which is colder than anything known on Earth except artificially produced liquid gases. The Sun is just a flickering star and you would weigh two and a half times your Earthly weight.
Deeper into the planet there are storms with winds of 600kph (372mph)...level 5 hurricane winds on Earth reach 250kph (155mph). The lightning in these storms is 3 or 4 times more intense than on Earth and can last from a few hours to several months.The Red Spot is a storm that has been raging since the 17th century, at least. It would definitely be on a list of "100 places to visit if you want to die".
Our day on Jupiter would begin January 1st at midnight. Its our 20th birthday. The day would come to an end at 9:45am. After one year on Jupiter we would be 31 years and 9 months old. Taking a flight around the equator, in a jet aircraft, would take twenty two and a half days.
The journey out to Saturn from the Sun would take 14 hours and 46 minutes in our 60,000,000 mph craft.
As we close in we would notice the most obvious difference between Saturn and the other planets of the Solar System. These are the rings of course, made up of thousands in a concentric circles girgling the equator consisting of countless rock particles.
Landing on Saturn on the space station would be necessary for the same reasons as on Jupiter, it's a massive ball of Hydrogen, Helium and Ammonia gas. It would be even colder -160 degrees centigrade (-256F). How do you imagine something colder than the coldest thing you know? As you look out of the space station, the sky would be dominated by the rings, stretching out for miles beyond which Jupiter would be a small bright planet. Saturns moons would be scattered about in the night sky.
The day would begin on January 1st at midnight and end around 10:15am. A mother has just given birth to a baby girl. After one year on Saturn the baby girl would be 29 years old. Should she decide to fly in a jet plane around Saturns equatorial circumference, it would take 19 days.
The 30 hour journey, in our spacemobile, would take us to toward the blue/green frozen planet of Uranus. Its atmosphere is made from Ammonia and Methane gas and it would have a slushy surface of frozen Hydrogen, made possible by -190C (-310F) temperatures. This would cause an unprotected human to freeze solid immediately.
The day is similar to Jupiter and Saturn about 10 and a half hours long, but a baby born that day would reach the ripe old age of 84 before spending their first year on Uranus.
Whereas all the other planets we've visited spin round their axis like a spinning top, Uranus' axis is approximately horizontal causing it to spin like a rolling ball. Interestingly should you set up home in the North Pole, you would spend summer, which lasts 42 years, in daylight. By contrast the winter would be spent in 42 years of darkness. The night sky would see Saturn and Jupiter as distant bright stars and scattered about would be Uranus' 27 moons. A jet flight around the equator would take 8 days and 6 hours.
From the Sun to Neptune would require sitting back and relaxing for just less than 2 days. As we approach we would see a beautiful shade of blue planet gradually fill our field of view. Its wonderful colour disguises how inhospitable it would be , should Humans ever decide to migrate there.
As with Uranus it is a giant eternally frozen ball of gas with an atmosphere of Ammonia and Methane. The temprature would be -214 degrees centigrade (-353F). Should you venture outside the spacestation to observe the sky, you would see the moons of Neptune of which there are 13. Everything else would be bright stars.
As usual the day begins on January 1st at midnight and would reach its end by 4:00pm that afternoon. Not so the year. Your great great great great grandchild would be 15yo by the end of your first year on Neptune, which takes 165 years to orbit the Sun. Not that anyone would last that long. It has been observed that winds can be three times stronger than on Jupiter, that's nine times stronger than on Earth. An Aeroplane ride around the equator would take 8 days.
Home Sweet Home
What about Earth, shall we go back there and make ourselves a nice cup of coffee and enjoy its easy gravitational pull, comfortable tempratures, and breathe in that beautiful Oxygen.