NASA's $1 Billion Jupiter Probe Just Sent Back Stunning New Photos of Jupiter

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Traveling above Jupiter at more than 130,000 miles per hour, NASA's $1 billion Juno probe took its ninth set of stunning flyby images on October 24. But the sun slipped between the giant planet and Earth for more than a week, blocking the spacecraft from beaming home its precious bounty of data.

Now that the conjunction is over, however, new raw image data from Juno's ninth perijove — as the spacecraft's high-speed flybys are called — has poured in. Researchers posted it all online on Tuesday, and a community of amateurs and professionals has been busily processing the data to yield colorful and stunning new pictures of Jupiter.

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“Brand new Jupiter pics from @NASAJuno Perijove 09! What a blimmin' gorgeous/diabolical planet,” Seán Doran, a UK-based graphic artist who regularly processes NASA images, tweeted on Tuesday.

Below are some fresh, close-up images of Jupiter, along with other unbelievable views captured from earlier perijoves.


In the most recent flyby, as with the previous eight, Juno's flyby started over Jupiter's north pole.

In the most recent flyby, as with the previous eight, Juno's flyby started over Jupiter's north pole.


The spacecraft then swept within a few thousand miles of the gas giant, capturing stunning high-resolution views of its cloud tops.

The spacecraft then swept within a few thousand miles of the gas giant, capturing stunning high-resolution views of its cloud tops.

At its closest approach to Jupiter during each flyby, the robot briefly becomes the fastest human-made object in the solar system, reaching speeds of around 130,000 miles per hour.

Then Juno flew back out into deep space, passing over Jupiter's south pole on its exit. Churning storms at the poles constantly change their appearance.

Then Juno flew back out into deep space, passing over Jupiter's south pole on its exit. Churning storms at the poles constantly change their appearance. 


Researchers upload the raw data sent by the probe to the mission's website.
Researchers upload the raw data sent by the probe to the mission's website. 

There, enthusiasts take the drab, mostly gray image data and process it all into true-to-life color photos.

 There, enthusiasts take the drab, mostly gray image data and process it all into true-to-life color photos.

Many snapshots of Jupiter take on an artistic quality.

Many snapshots of Jupiter take on an artistic quality. 


Others dazzle with their detail of the planet's thick cloud bands and powerful storms.

Others dazzle with their detail of the planet's thick cloud bands and powerful storms.

Some of the tempests are large enough to swallow planet Earth — or at least a good chunk of it.

Some of the tempests are large enough to swallow planet Earth — or at least a good chunk of it.

The planet's atmosphere is a turbulent mess of hydrogen and helium gases.

The planet's atmosphere is a turbulent mess of hydrogen and helium gases.

There are also traces of molecules like ammonia, methane, sulfur, and water, which give the clouds different colors and properties.

There are also traces of molecules like ammonia, methane, sulfur, and water, which give the clouds different colors and properties. 

The mixture sometimes creates features that look like faces (as seen on the left in this image).

The mixture sometimes creates features that look like faces (as seen on the left in this image). 

Other times, shining-white clouds fill up most of a band.

Other times, shining-white clouds fill up most of a band. 

Many cloud bands have features called chevrons. These atmospheric disturbances blow at several hundreds of miles per hour and sometimes zig-zag through a band, or punch through into others.

Many cloud bands have features called chevrons. These atmospheric disturbances blow at several hundreds of miles per hour and sometimes zig-zag through a band, or punch through into others.

In this older view of Jupiter, from Juno's eighth perijove, two cloud bands battle for dominance — one of which contains a swirling storm many times larger than a hurricane on Earth.

In this older view of Jupiter, from Juno's eighth perijove, two cloud bands battle for dominance — one of which contains a swirling storm many times larger than a hurricane on Earth. 


The spacecraft will continue to document Jupiter for as long as NASA can keep it going. But not forever.

The spacecraft will continue to document Jupiter for as long as NASA can keep it going. But not forever. 

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  1. i wonder if our satellite had ever landed into the bottom atmosphere of Jupiter itself. and if those clouds of sulphur, ammonia, ethane gas, as it looks like a milk being mixed with detergent in children's experiment, can be the source of life in the universe.. while the sun helps ignite those molecules or energies, forming into a new life , new creation that swift freely into the space, creating or forming a spirit thus the term spiritual or soul identity is born through space.. ? I must be dreaming. but still wonder how Does God create us in mind, body and soul. its a big wonder.

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    1. You need carbon for life like on Earth. If you believe that energy always existed, and that there is no such thing as a nothing then you wouldn't have to believe in a god, that looks like us and waved a magic wand saying let there be life. The empty set is just a man made concept like god. It's all energy.

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    3. The universe has an actual age, and it's an well-accepted fact that it had a beginning. The universe is not eternal. Since the universe is a closed-system, the energy contained therein also had to have a beginning at the time of the universe, and can't have existed forever. Energy and the universe operate according to set scientific laws, who put these laws in place? Also energy does not create life or evolve, it only changes form as it transfers from one type to another. Life requires tremendous design, which requires tremendous planning and forethought, this is only possible from an eternal God that exists and existed eternally before our universe came into being. Since we know the universe had a beginning, something had to come before - an eternal God.

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    4. "I don't know how that happened, therefore god" is one of the laziest arguments I've ever heard. One which has no place in a science blog, even if in a comment section.

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    5. I,with respect, dispute the whole notion that there is a "god" involved .Mankind's gods were invented to help mankind explain his existence on this planet. We were, and, are still not capable of getting our heads around the possibility that we just may be here as a matter of chance. We need to grow up as a species and get real. If there were a god, then he or she are cruel masters of the universe and one that I don't want to be a part of. I challenge any theologian out there to explain how miserable a world we live in under dieties that are presumed to be all knowing and loving.

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    6. God is not a cruel master of the universe. The very fact that you can choose what you think rules out a cruel master. A cruel master would dictate everything you do, as some on this planet think they can. By allowing you the freedom to choose your own thoughts and actions, it is you that determines both your own and others possible misery or happiness in this life. Does God enjoy all the terrible things we do to one another? - absolutely not, but if he were to take away your right to think and do, He could also not reward you for all the good you do. God is not the mean and nasty being most religions describe. It is man that has ascribed a hell for everything they think others should deserve, meanwhile God looks upon us as a loving parent - even with some of the terrible things we do. However, what we choose to do with this God given freedom determines how much He can give of happiness. Many religious people are going to be surprised about how few people there will be in a so-called Hell. Each will be rewarded according to how they have chosen and how much good they have done and allowed others to do the same.

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    7. That's the easy way out. You cannot be good AND almighty and let bad stuff happen to good people 'because freedom to choose'. If there were a God, and if it were good and almighty it would intervene, because the innocent person did not have the freedom to choose to get killed by the sociopath. The fact this doesn't happen means either there is no God, or if there is, it's either not (pure) good or not almighty. Plus if it would only allow people into heaven that have been worshipping it all their lives, it would be incredibly vain as well, and vanity to me is a typical human trait. Which of course makes sense if the stories have been invented by men to gain power over masses of people.

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    8. It works both ways. God is both good and just. The innocent may have not chosen to be killed by the sociopath but the sociopath made the choice to kill. Freedom of choice for those we consider "good enough" is not freedom at all. The term "innocent" is subjective. Where do you draw the line between the innocent and guilty person. Everyone is guilty of some transgression which would mean that God would have to bring justice on you and me as well as the murderer. You can't have it both ways. The fact that He allows us grace to learn from our mistakes no matter how big shows that He is good. We are mortal beings that have the ability to be hurt physically and emotionally. Bad stuff is going to happen. People need to stop blaming God for letting bad things happen and start allowing him to show us how to stop doing bad things to each other. You ignore that God exists yet blame him at the same time. Pick one. To add to that I have seen first hand miracles of blind people gaining their sight, paralyzed people walking, and stage four cancer healed by praying to God. No cosmic energy did that. Lets take it a step further... There is no scientific way to show that if you take a bunch of energy and elements (excluding the argument of where the heck this matter came from in the first place) that it could somehow form its self into the intricate creation that exists in our universe. The pile of junk in my garage will never in a million years morph into a sentient being, especially if there is a big explosion. There is no way to explain scientifically how the human mind is the only thing on the planet that has the ability to create (from inspiration not instinct) and innovate things that never existed. Where do concepts like love, honor, sacrifice, beauty, and courage come from? I see how the idea of an Almighty is used for personal gain and coercion. Im not saying its right, I'm just saying that God definitely exists and its up to each person to make the decision to find out for themselves who He really is. I did and I can never go back.

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    9. Nicely stated! I believe science helps prove their is a God!

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    10. There is no god; wake'up people!

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    11. stop with your god nonsense.
      this is a SCIENCE site!

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    12. Be sure to tell him so when you meet him Cezar lol

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    13. Stop! With your "There is no God nonsense"! Will you not believe Historical Facts? http://faculty.uml.edu/ethan_spanier/Teaching/documents/CP6.0AssyrianTorture.pdf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_of_Scone "The "Fear of death is worse than death itself". (Baby's)

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    14. Galileo carried an atmospheric entry probe that was dropped into Jupiter's atmosphere using a heat shield then a parachute.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Probe

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    15. "God can't exist because you can't be good and just and still let bad things happen" this is the laziest argument I've ever heard of.
      What part of "free will" didn't you hear or understand? Are you dense?
      God gave mankind free will.
      Free will.
      As in, during your time on this Earth, no god is going to stand over your shoulder and command you and force you not to do bad things.
      Yes, science is proving more and more daily that there is a God, but every time a religious person uses the incorrect form of words (like these: your, you're, there, their, they're) it sets us all back by weeks.

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    16. "I don't know how that happened, therefore evolution" is one of the laziest arguments I've ever heard. One which has no place in a science blog, even if in a comment section.

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    17. science is a religon, facts are its gods."We must learn to suffer whatever we cannot avoid. Our life is composed, like the harmony of the world, of discords as well as of different tones, sweet and harsh, sharp and flat, soft and loud. If a musician liked only some of them, what could he sing? He has got to know how to use all of them and blend them together. So too must we with good and ill, which are of one substance with our life."
      ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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    18. the sun is religion. Without it, there would be no life, at all, no god to imagine, no mankind, no humanity. No life at all. The Sun is god. You want to pray to something , pray the sun shines tomorrow, because when the Sun burns out, we have no chance as a species.

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    19. I don't believe barbers exist... I mean, look at all the people with bad haircuts.
      (This is just as valid as people not believing in God because of what's going on in the world.)

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  2. With all the beautiful ACTUAL photos from Juno, why are you leading with a fake photo (CGI?) which appears as the image for all links to this page?

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    1. That's because it is photoshopped...it has to be. NASA needs your tax dollars to prop up the lie.

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    2. Totally agree ......https://youtu.be/SDIzcX8B_vU

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    3. NASA didn't publish the fake pic, sci-techuniverse did. Not for tax dollars but for ad revenue.

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    4. NASA had nothing to do with that fake "photo" at the top. Stick your tin-foil coated accusations up your paranoid ass.

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    5. Indeed.. nasty move

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    1. its good old CGI..NASA has never gone to space..space doesn't exist they steal your money for black ops....use your brain..space travel is a fraud..fantasy we would all like to believe in, but it's just fantasy..if you stopped and thought why it can't work you would have your eyes opened instead of just believing this BS

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    2. Do you have proof of such a claim?

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  4. LOL 1 BILLION dollars for fake cgi crap LOL who actually belives this garbage anymore?

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    1. Only the first image is fake, a cgi from an old TV show. Why are you discrediting NASA because another website took their photos and added a click bait photo at the beginning. Don't be ignorant...

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    2. https://youtu.be/SDIzcX8B_vU

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    3. Oh, a tin foil hat anti-nasa youtube movie.. it must be the truth! (FYI, I couldn't even be bothered to follow the link lol)

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    4. Boy, I sure hope that video involves some fat, nerdy-voiced neckbeard prattling about nonsense conspiracy theories...

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    6. Byron, is this you?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KmsXBbLk-A

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  5. While the first image is taken from a t.v. show, the rest are absolutely authentic. Shameful leading with a clickbait image though when the actual photos are stunningly beautiful.

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  6. Wesley Mahan09/11/2017, 04:28

    Seriously? "Anonymous" has to drag an ancient human myth called "God" into this? Why? It adds nothing and answers nothing.

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    1. Some questions where never meant to be answered and never will be answered. Before man was able to make the tools to be able to look outward, man looked within himself for answers, and there is where he found god.

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    2. Translation: Some guy with a power complex looked within himself and discovered the way to dominate his fellow humans was with the sentence "But GOD..."

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    3. It is funny that god in his infinite wisdom never mentioned anything about the fact that, you know, we live on a planet within a solar system, which itself is only one system of billions in our galaxy, which itself is just one galaxy of billions in the universe. If god created the earth for humanity, what the heck is all this other crap for? Doesn't seem very efficient haha.

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    4. Not funny or curious at all. You give people the information that they are able to handle and process. How do you explain detailed, comprehensive, scientific concepts to a people who have no idea what a planet is? Have no idea that they live on one? How do you explain the big bang to a isolated aboriginal tribe using words only?

      Also. Science, in an of itself is a quest for knowledge and discovery. God(s) and religion in any of it's forms is a valid subject for discussion on a host of levels.

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  7. lets send a probe down there with a match!!! who's down???

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    1. If your goal is to ignite the hydrogen and burn the planet's atmosphere:

      Jupiter's atmosphere is roughly 90% hydrogen and 10% helium (give or take a couple trace amounts of other gasses).

      A match is composed of carbon, which reacts with heat to combine with oxygen to create carbon dioxide. In the absence of oxygen, it would not burn.

      Same for hydrogen - it burns on earth because it combines with oxygen to create water, but there's no oxygen fuel on Jupiter.

      What small amounts of oxygen that Jupiter does have is contained within water and carbon Dioxide molecules, both of which are fantastic fire extinguishers.

      So in short: Why do you want to send a multi-million dollar probe with a matchstick to the solar system's best fire extinguisher?

      And before you say it; No, sending a tank of oxygen with the match will not work. At best, AT BEST, you'll make an explosion as large as the amount of oxygen inside a single tank could contain. This explosion however would be so small we wouldn't be able to see it from earth. Or Juno for that matter.

      Sincerely, your neighborhood kill-joy. :)

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    2. No oxygen on the sun either...Wait til Jupiter gets going. You won't need a match.

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    3. Yes, but the sun isn't actually burning either.

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    4. yes its not burning just a series of atomic fission of different hydrogen isotopes which creates an extremely high energy (heat) in which is really hot it burns.. yes its burning but without ashes..

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    5. We've been trying to get a fusion reaction going here on Earth... Stupid idea. Why not try Jupiter instead?

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  8. Buffoonery!

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  9. The satellite can't take color photos? What year did it launch? 1907?

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    1. So in what year did anyone make a camera that can capture high resolution color images and that survives a trip through the solar system as well as a close orbit around a gas giant? Meanwhile in the real world, satellites like these capture measurement data, including information on lots of wavelengths. One application of this is converting the visible part into pictures that give pretty information to our eyes (but are otherwise scientifically useless). So before you start comparing the satellite to your iPhone, let's not forget that apart from the fact your iPhone wouldn't survive this mission, it also wouldn't capture the wealth of data this satellite has.

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  10. Beautiful marbling. If only it was real.

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    1. Does your tinfoil hat come with a chinstrap?

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  11. "I don't know how that happened, therefore god" is one of the laziest arguments I've ever heard. One which has no place in a science blog, even if in a comment section.
    ***AMEN TO THAT***

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    1. Right, it is far less lazy to just say "it's all energy". Such explanatory force.

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    2. When you take a quote from the knowledge of Science, out of context it sounds like BS, I agree with that too. However, when you take anything from any religion in the context of the passage or otherwise, it sounds like even MORE BS. Reasoning based on the fact that "You have free will, yes, but it's secretly a challenge beset upon you to see if you're actually worthy to follow in his divine grace. Now give the church money...or you're doomed to hell." is faaar greater BS than anything else in this world.

      Science at least takes points from legitimate sources of other actual discoveries and trumphs rather than assuming that it's all the work and will of one omnipotent being.

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  12. I love how people who know nothing of astrophysics and exometeorology try to speak in a rather opinionated way. It makes my day.

    Oh and I love how people attribute everything in the universe to "God". Say nothing of "God" who spoke to Moses and many other men commanding them to roam the middle-east and beyond, and slaughter anyone who believed differently, or had alternative sexual desires and identities. Funny how it's OK to believe in a homophobe bigot racist deity in the Bible, but we're all supposed to be chill and righteous now.

    Neat.

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    1. David Bixler, Your "Slaughter anyone who believed differently, or had alternative sexual desires and identities" is putting things mildly. Biblical cult tribes (Sons of Satan) of which God told Israel to totally destroy were raping/torching children/babies and burning them in the out-stretched arms of a calf headed god/idol they called Molech. https://duckduckgo.com Is this what you defend as "Each to his own"/?q=molech+images&t=ffsb&ia=images

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  13. What does it matter if someone wants to believe in God? Yes, I believe in God. But I don't force anyone else to, and I don't insist that the public education system or the political system or anything else reflect that... it's my personal belief. I believe that churches should have to pay taxes like any other business (because that's what they are), and that people need to keep their religion out of how they relate to others.

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    1. People can relate to others however they want. Relating is a great thing

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  14. What a POS you are to attack someone's religion, especially when you don't believe in it.
    "I don't understand it therefore it must not be true"
    "I read a book once therefore I understand it completely"
    "Millions of people agree with me on..."
    Millions thought the planet was flat just a few hundred years ago.

    Leave them alone, jackasses.

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  15. Sir Isaac Newton believed in God. But what did he know, clueless clod?! He wasn't blessed with absolute knowledge of the universe in its entirety, like some of the huge giant brains commenting here.

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  16. lol cant fathom anything without resorting to religion. gay

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  17. I scrolled through these comments, hoping to learn something, or be impressed by people's earnest questions about Jupiter, etc. 90% of it is arguing about religion. This is so dumb, I can't believe it.

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  18. Why can't people just sit back and enjoy the ride without trying to push their religious beliefs on everyone else? There is such a thing as being such an asinine annoyance that people will not remember what you said as much as how they'd love to stuff a shoe into your cloaca.

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  19. There is no way a "God" exists in the fashion religions spew forth. The only way a God exists is outside of our universe. Why it, if it exists, created our universe (and others?) is something we will more than likely never know so it is nothing but a waste of time and effort to argue over it. I prefer to think if it does exist it's reason was (and it may not be "was" for it as it is probably not constrained by our physical laws or even time itself) to answer the eternal question why.

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  20. Why argue if there is a God or not? Does not every person have their own opinion? I personally believe in God. If you don't choose to believe that, great. But dont act like you are so sure because none of us are. I have faith in God and every time science explains something I rationalize God designed that. You have faith in Science and every time science explains something, you rationalize even more that God doesn't exist. You cant change someones mind in a disagreement. Just accept the fact that no matter what insults you throw at someone it wont change their mind. However it may hurt their feelings which causes division. Division is the opposite of what we need these days.

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  21. AFA arguing about the existence of a "God" or not, it is a futile argument as it is impossible to prove or disprove. Arguing about it is a waste of resources mankind should be using for the betterment of all. Time is the most valuable commodity in our physical universe and whether a God doled it out to us or not we should not be wasting it.

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