Earth Looks Like Jupiter–Is This What NASA Has Descended to?


By Paul Homewood

h/t Dennis Ambler

I’m struggling to think of anything more fraudulent than this from NASA:

It goes without saying that the Earth looks nothing like this at all. Neither are GHGs “wreaking havoc”. And as CO2 is invisible, why try to persuade people it is not?

If NASA really wants to inform the public about the effects of carbon dioxide, why don’t they publish instead what their own satellite data shows?

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June 23, 2023 2:09 am

That image would be just as “real” with a smiley face plastered on it.

Reply to  Chasmsteed
June 23, 2023 3:28 am

comment image

Reply to  Chasmsteed
June 23, 2023 4:49 am

NASA is hiring.

Kevin Kilty
Reply to  Chasmsteed
June 23, 2023 7:59 am

It would be better used as a Sherwin-Williams billboard.

Reply to  Chasmsteed
June 27, 2023 9:56 am

The pregnant man icon.

June 23, 2023 2:29 am

I presume this is more computer modelling…

Reply to  atticman
June 23, 2023 11:53 am

Right you are!

From the India Today link above:

“The visualisation is stunning since CO2, one of the biggest contributors to global warming and climate change is invisible to the naked eye.

Using advanced computer modeling techniques, Nasa’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office has created a visualisation”

Rich Davis
June 23, 2023 2:39 am

Does Jupiter also have 0.04% CO2 wreaking havoc by engulfing its atmosphere?

Reply to  Rich Davis
June 23, 2023 7:01 am

No it is worse than that. .3% methane which we all know is 32-84 times more powerful than CO2.

Reply to  mkelly
June 23, 2023 8:28 am

It makes it a pretty sweet looking planet with all the storms and bands.

Rich Davis
Reply to  mkelly
June 24, 2023 4:31 am

mk, I’m sure you’re being sarcastic but I guess that I miss your joke or reference.

It’s actually 0.00019% methane not 0.3%. And in a water-free world—even at 84x—that would be comparable to 160ppm CO2 (0.016%).

In our actual world, water vapor already absorbs nearly all of the IR that methane could have done. And methane oxidizes to CO2 and H2O in about 10 years, via reaction with hydroxyl radicals in the atmosphere, so methane’s actual effect is near zero.

I’ve actually had people tell me we’re going to suffocate from all the CO2 we’ve put in the air. A triumph of public (mis-) education!

Of course the real motive behind the anti-methane propaganda is to try to make a case against fracking.

Don Perry
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 24, 2023 6:01 am

He was referring to the methane percentage of Jupiter’s atmosphere.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Don Perry
June 24, 2023 8:24 am

Thanks that makes more sense.

June 23, 2023 2:43 am

That ‘image’ resembles a long discarded whoopee cushion. What were they thinking?

Nasa is a political entity, with each change of President its mission changes.

That adds up to an old hat disposable rocket at $4 billion a pop. When you take into account over 200 launches for Falcon 9 with many of its boosters serving multiple missions you can see Nasa has no real interest in developing manned flight much.

Reply to  strativarius
June 23, 2023 5:04 am

How many genders do planets have according to NASA?

Reply to  Scissor
June 23, 2023 5:21 am

At a guess, infinity?…. beyond?

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  strativarius
June 23, 2023 10:04 am

Buzz Lightyear agrees.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Scissor
June 23, 2023 10:38 am

It depends on how big their alphabets are.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
June 24, 2023 4:55 am

No, it doesn’t, Bruce. You can re-use letters and even add digits, in an infinite combination with an ever-lengthening and bewildering acronym that only toxic white supremacist cis-gendered males would find absurd.

Today I identify as a lesbian cat. How about you?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  strativarius
June 24, 2023 6:15 am

“That adds up to an old hat disposable rocket at $4 billion a pop.”

Definitely old hat now. Elon was thinking outside the box, and had the money to make it happen, and we are delighted that he did.

I hear Elon and NASA are talking about another rescue of the Hubble Telescope, when things stop working there. An excellent idea!

June 23, 2023 3:00 am

Maybe NASA forgot their own story about CO2 greening the planet

In all fairness, this was 7 years ago (too long ago for most people to remember) and even then NASA tried to put a negative spin on it…

Bob B.
June 23, 2023 3:04 am

This must be what Greta sees.

Reply to  Bob B.
June 23, 2023 4:57 am

Well remembered!

Maybe WUWT should do a feature on that – for mucho mockery, of course

troubled childhood [after they were both diagnosed] with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Asperger’s, a developmental disorder on the autism spectrum.

Greta rose to worldwide fame

Yes she did, didn’t she. And that was no accident. Ingmar Rentzhog’s “We Don’t Have Time” set the whole thing up…

“One 15 year old girl in front of the Swedish parliament is striking from School until Election Day in 3 weeks[.] Imagine how lonely she must feel in this picture. People where [sic] just walking by. Continuing with the business as usual thing. But the truth is. We can’t and she knows it!”

Rentzhog’s tweet, via the We Don’t Have Time twitter account, would be the very first exposure of Thunberg’s now famous school strike.

Tagged in Rentzhog’s “lonely girl” tweet were five twitter accounts: Greta Thunberg, Zero Hour (youth movement), Jamie Margolin (the teenage founder of Zero Hour), Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and the People’s Climate Strike twitter account (in the identical font and aesthetics as “

It’s all about emotional investment in the narrative. Greta does have that.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  strativarius
June 23, 2023 7:23 pm

We can’t and she knows it!”

It’s amazing the things one knows that just ain’t so.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
June 24, 2023 6:34 am

Pretty close to the Reagan quote:

“It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”― Ronald Reagan

Ron Long
June 23, 2023 3:08 am

Nothing like disaster animation for idiots to consume. Question: why does the visual show the Western Hemisphere when the big “carbon polluters”, China and India, are in the Eastern Hemisphere?

Reply to  Ron Long
June 23, 2023 9:10 am

Maybe more money in the Western Hemisphere? Just guessin’.

June 23, 2023 3:15 am

Not even close to being scientifically accurate; they aren’t even trying anymore. The obvious reason for releasing this is to gaslight the public and eventually criminalize real scientists who dare to present a reasonable picture. Our brains are wired to preferentially believe what we fear over what gives us hope. This is just one more piece of fear mongering by what used to be a credible source, injected into a vast morass of ‘educational material’ to be absorbed by those too young to think critically. NOAA has become a terrorist organization. Our children are their preferred targets. Scare them enough and they’ll never believe any adults who tell them to have no fear.

June 23, 2023 3:20 am

Surely NASA’s visualisation will backfire amongst the scientifically hard of thinking as they will look out of their windows and, not seeing brown gas swirling around them, conclude there is no CO2.

You can follow Paul Homewood on twitter (1) Notalotofpeopleknowthat (@Notalotofpeopl1) / Twitter

Reply to  Blokedownthepub
June 23, 2023 9:41 am

For the most part, the scientifically hard of thinking never fell for the scam in the first place.

Uncle Mort
June 23, 2023 3:50 am

NASA has clearly decided that technical and scientific downsizing could be more suited to its talents. Let’s welcome the National Apple Soufflé Agency.

Right-Handed Shark
June 23, 2023 4:24 am

Looks delicious, two scoops please!

It doesnot add up
June 23, 2023 4:42 am

Looks more like a scoop of caramel and vanilla ice cream photographed in the studio.

Bryan A
Reply to  It doesnot add up
June 23, 2023 7:24 am

I guess the OCO2 red color scheme wasn’t scary enough so they changed to a SMOGGY BROWN and produced something really crappy

Tom Abbott
Reply to  It doesnot add up
June 24, 2023 6:20 am

I thought it looked like the clouds of Venus.

Tom in Florida
June 23, 2023 4:48 am

They have to do “visualisation” because their audience cannot read properly. Dumb them down, then anything is possible.

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Tom in Florida
June 23, 2023 5:02 am

IOW: They are ‘projecting’ themselves

June 23, 2023 4:49 am

Wow! are NASA still hiring remedial level Arts students.

You know… the ones that couldn’t make it as baristas.

It doesnot add up
Reply to  bnice2000
June 23, 2023 5:55 am

Or even at Ben and Jerry’s.

Reply to  bnice2000
June 23, 2023 7:22 am

Yet make it as darlings in the House of Reps.

June 23, 2023 4:58 am

Looks like Nasa have a Global Modeling and Dissimulation Office

Peta of Newark
June 23, 2023 5:13 am

By reference to the attached – they both are but, which one is the bigger of 2 humongous crox of shit – NASA or Google?

NASA vs Google.PNG
Reply to  Peta of Newark
June 23, 2023 7:16 am

The map shows the percentage increase or decrease in foliage from 1982 to 2010. The supposed increase of >30% in western Australia is probably from a low baseline amount of foliage in 1982. The way percentages work, a single new plant in Death Valley can represent a higher percentage increase than a thousand trees west of the Cascades.

Another area on the map showing a large percentage increase in foliage is sub-Saharan Africa. Some of us remember news reports in the 1980’s and 1990’s saying that desertification of the “Sahel” area was leading to starvation, but the map seems to show that the Sahara desert is actually receding northward. It’s possible that higher CO2 concentrations enable crops in that area to be more drought-resistant.

We frequently hear from the media about deforestation of the Amazon watershed in South America contributing to “global warming”, but the map shows most of that area as light green, meaning a slight INCREASE in foliage in the supposedly “deforested” area.

Reply to  SteveZ56
June 23, 2023 9:46 am

In desert regions, CO2 benefits twice.
1) It promotes plant growth.
2) It enables plants to use water more efficiently.

In areas where water is adequate, using water more efficiently doesn’t matter much. Some other factor is already limiting plant growth.

Andy Pattullo
Reply to  Peta of Newark
June 23, 2023 8:56 am

I think I am missing your point. The NASA image implies significant percentage increase in green mass in areas of mostly desert in Western Australia, much like is seen south of the Sahara. It is easy to understand why the percentage is so high because any greening will be a major percentage increase over almost nothing. The fact that deserts are shrinking in many areas with gradual greening isn’t controversial. Maybe your intent was a different message.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Peta of Newark
June 23, 2023 1:30 pm

Is that a visible light photo, or some sort of false color imagery?
I know the ocean looks nothing like that.
And were are the clouds?
If you look at the google maps view, satellite mode, and start zooming in, most places suddenly look completely different at certain thresholds of scale.

So, I do not think that is an actual photograph.

June 23, 2023 5:16 am

NASA website has a video of CO2 swirling out of N. America and Europe and Asia based on….MODELS.

Reply to  antigtiff
June 23, 2023 5:25 am


June 23, 2023 5:20 am

What’s the nice/worst thing about per piece in modern journalism?
The same word vomit at multiple sites:

June 23, 2023 5:43 am

NASA has devolved from what it once was.

I was 14 when the Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon, a time when NASA largely deserved the respect it had. In the 1990s, when I joined Rocketdyne, working on the Space Station program, I saw that NASA’s mission was (mostly) to provide jobs for NASA employees. It was obviously sliding downhill and wasting the taxpayer’s money.

Today, aside from the small division still in charge of space probes, NASA has devolved into a shameless exploitation of its once-deserved reputation, at the taxpayer’s expense, for the purpose of advancing an ideological narrative. It’s just another bureaucracy in the military-industrial complex, hiring low-powered engineers and scientists. It provides the nimbus of “expert” for employees who are not qualified enough to find productive employment elsewhere.

Reply to  apsteffe
June 23, 2023 6:54 am

I have a friend (PhD in solar/space science) who called the International Space Station (ISS) the “Astronaut Hotel”, thought it was a total waste that sucked up most of NASA’s budget leaving very little for real science projects.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  karlomonte
June 24, 2023 6:47 am

Your friend is correct.

It doesnot add up
Reply to  apsteffe
June 23, 2023 7:24 am

Looking back on my visit to the Houston Space Center over 20 years ago when they were training for ISS I realise that most of it was really a museum to rank with the Smithsonian and the Chicago Science Museum.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  apsteffe
June 24, 2023 6:29 am

“when I joined Rocketdyne, working on the Space Station program, I saw that NASA’s mission was (mostly) to provide jobs for NASA employees. It was obviously sliding downhill and wasting the taxpayer’s money.”

That is correct.

If NASA was really interested in developing near-Earth space, they would have picked the Option C space station design, rather than the one they picked. The one they picked was a jobs program for the Agency and a guarantee that the Space Shuttle was needed to carry out the years-long program.

The Option C alternative could have put a space station in orbit that was bigger than the current one, and would only require a couple of space shuttle launches to get everything in orbit, verses the dozens of space shuttle launches requried to build the other space station designs (two others, Option A, and Option B, both of which were similar in design and requirements).

NASA went with the “launching as many space shuttles as possible” space station scenario, rather than employing their resources economically.

A huge mistake for space development, but is to be expected when you are dealing with an entrenched bureaucracy like the one at NASA. Dan Goldin really screwed things up at NASA during this time.

June 23, 2023 5:54 am

No one made a Uranus joke so far? Sheesh!!


Reply to  Bob Tisdale
June 23, 2023 7:03 am

Uranus has the highest wind speed in solar system, butt of course it does.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
June 23, 2023 1:43 pm

They should really change the name of the planet.
Enough of this juvenile low brow humor already.
For the new name, I vote for Urectum.

Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
June 23, 2023 11:21 pm

Cronos would be cool but that is actually the Greek form of Saturn. Ouranos is the other form of the word Uranus – and the Roman version is Caelus and actually Uranus should have been called that since all the planets have Latin names, but I guess we have to defer to the preferences of the astronomer who discovered it.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
June 24, 2023 6:55 am

Speaking of Uranus: I read an article the other day describing the star system Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to the Earth, as being made up of a central star (G) that is slightly larger than the Earth’s sun (G), with a slightly smaller star (K) orbiting the central star at a distance equivalent to the distance between the Sun and the planet Uranus.

I wonder if there are any Earth-like planets there?

We need bigger telescopes!

Old School star classification: O B A F G K M, from hottest (O) to coolest (M).

June 23, 2023 5:58 am

I remember watching the moon landing in 1969, 53 years later and now this?
Did they forget the whipped cream and cherry on the top?

June 23, 2023 6:12 am

In the real world, Western and Northern areas are actually carbon sinks and the main emissions from undeveloped and underdeveloped countries. They assume most are from developed countries but our burgeoning forests are thriving, the Japanese surveys have shown this is not trued.

Reply to  higley7
June 23, 2023 11:23 pm

Most of emissions are from nature, roughly twenty times more. Humans produce 30% less emissions than termites.

Peta of Newark
June 23, 2023 6:37 am

That Global Greening is spreading like wildfire…

Wheat Prices US Drought.PNG
June 23, 2023 6:54 am

After the gender identification madness, here we are with the planet Earth identifying as Jupiter …
or NASA identifying as a nutcases asylum ?

June 23, 2023 7:14 am

NASA did this sort of thing with the recent Jupiter probe. Rather than send back actual (boring) photos from the actual spacecraft cameras, they treated the public to visual computer-art simulations, not even as good as modern sci-fi movies.

We could save billions if we just replace all of NASA with a high tech movie studio. Why risk lives and fortunes with real space exploration when we could just make fantasy movies about what a screenwriter thinks it might look like.

Martin Pinder
June 23, 2023 7:45 am

Project Fear rides again! Let Fear, Fear & Fear be everywhere!

June 23, 2023 7:57 am

In fairness, other than the computer generated visualization of CO2 emissions, the statements and assertions in the above article originate with India Today Science Desk (, not NASA.

And I had an outright laugh at India Today Science Desk‘s claim that “The primary source of CO2 emissions is the burning of fossil fuels”. That’s only true if one wants to disregard the overwhelming contribution of natural emissions of CO2, as clearly revealed in the annual variations of CO2 in the northern hemisphere as detected and measured by the NOAA high precision atmospheric monitoring station located on Mona Loa (ref: )

The truth is out there, independent of what India Today wants to assert.

Reply to  ToldYouSo
June 23, 2023 11:19 am

Errrr . . . make that Mauna Loa, not Mona Loa . . . not enough coffee prior to my post above.

Paul Hurley
June 23, 2023 8:00 am

The visual has been released by Nasa’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office

Is the “Assimilation Office” part of the Borg Collective’s bureaucracy network? 😀

Richard Page
Reply to  Paul Hurley
June 23, 2023 9:49 am

It might as well be.

Kevin Kilty
June 23, 2023 8:11 am

I had a three-year NASA grant for some research more than half a decade ago. The project didn’t turn out as hoped, and it wasn’t built on especially worthwhile ideas in the first place (although we didn’t know that in the beginning), but in the wind-down of the project no one cared much about what we learned. Instead, I discovered that NASA has an inordinate number of offices whose remit is to do diversity bean-counting. So, I felt like I wrote answers to the same diversity questions over and over to submit them to a different office.

Andy Pattullo
June 23, 2023 8:47 am

The primary source of CO2 emissions is the burning of fossil fuels

That’s a bold-faced lie. Only about 5-6% or so of annual CO2 emissions are from human activities. The majority is from natural processes. If NASA actually made that statement then it is time to take away any responsibility NASA has over developing new technology, including but not limited to anything to do with space exploration.

June 23, 2023 9:04 am

Of course NASA didn’t say anything of the sort, that was India Today. The image was a frame taken from a video showing the spread of CO2 around the globe. The original NASA source is here:

June 23, 2023 10:37 am

Even if CO2 was visible, you still wouldn’t notice it because the concentration is so low. That picture is a perfect example of propaganda/disinformation.

June 23, 2023 12:07 pm

The US government is out of control and needs to be cut down to size now. After seeing this NASA and NOAA should be on the chopping block. Better to start over fresh than continue with these rascals. Like I’ve said before the top 10 to 20 percent of current managers are not eligible for employment in any capacity if new organizations are created.

June 23, 2023 12:45 pm

Earth Looks Like Jupiter–Is This What NASA Has Descended to?

Maybe I’m missing something, but it looks like the verbiage about Earth looking like Jupiter came from India Today; not NASA. So shouldn’t the article title be “Earth Looks Like Jupiter – Is This What India Today Has Descended to?”

Reply to  bdgwx
June 23, 2023 4:36 pm
  • The visual has been released by Nasa’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office

You need to go to spec savers.

Reply to  aussiecol
June 23, 2023 7:20 pm

Where in the video does it say Earth looks like Jupiter?

Reply to  bdgwx
June 24, 2023 6:27 am

You’re getting as nitpicky as Mr. Stokes. You need to understand that some stories are just too good to fact check….

Reply to  bigoilbob
June 25, 2023 10:08 am

Yes made up stories by Paul Homewood certainly fall into that category apparently. He opens with: “I’m struggling to think of anything more fraudulent than this from NASA”, and then proceeds to quote the India Today article without any reference to the original NASA site which clearly explains what the video shows, with no reference to Jupiter! The fraud is the one claiming that the comment in a newspaper is an accurate representation of the NASA article.

Reply to  Phil.
June 25, 2023 10:16 am

WUWT is not much for takin’ back BS. What usually happens is that commenting stops – as here – and the article author and commenters move on. Of course without the correction that usually accompanies a mistake by the pinko/commie MSM..

John V. Wright
June 23, 2023 2:50 pm

Please can we all bear in mind that NASA is also doing its damnedest to downplay the effect of Milankovitch cycles. I guess the management team are looking over their shoulder to ensure that Government funding is still coming through…

June 23, 2023 5:21 pm

Apparently NASA has invented the Transderivational Morphology Carbon Dioxide app allowing the invisible to be exaggerated. Next a laser add on will provide the depth of the “CO2 blanket”! Coming soon a wavelength mod to display deadly NITROGEN enshrouding earth!!

June 24, 2023 6:25 am

So they are just lying, yet again.

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