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Mission to Jupiter's icy moon confirmed -- ScienceDaily
Science News from research organizationsMission to Jupiter's icy moon confirmed. Date: August 22, 2019 Source: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summary: An icy ocean world in our solar system that could tell us more about the potential for life on other worlds is coming into focus with confirmation of the Europa Clipper mission's next phase. Share:FULL STORY A 2016 artist's concept of the Europa Clipper spacecraft. The design is changing as the spacecraft is developed. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech A 2016 artist's concept of the Europa Clipper spacecraft. The design is changing as the spacecraft is developed. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Close An icy ocean world in our solar system that could tell us more about the potential for life on other worlds is coming into focus with confirmation of the Europa Clipper mission's next phase. The decision allows the mission to progress to completion of final design, followed by the construction and testing of the entire spacecraft and science payload.advertisement "We are all excited about the decision that moves the Europa Clipper mission one key step closer to unlocking the mysteries of this ocean world," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "We are building upon the scientific insights received from the flagship Galileo and Cassini spacecraft and working to advance our understanding of our cosmic origin, and even life elsewhere." The mission will conduct an in-depth exploration of Jupiter's moon Europa and investigate whether the icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life, honing our insights into astrobiology. To develop this mission in the most cost-effective fashion, NASA is targeting to have the Europa Clipper spacecraft complete and ready for launch as early as 2023. The agency baseline commitment, however, supports a launch readiness date by 2025. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, leads the development of the Europa Clipper mission in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for the Science Mission Directorate. Europa Clipper is managed by the Planetary Missions Program Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.advertisement Story Source: Materials provided by NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Note: Content may be edited for style and length. Cite This Page:MLA. APA. Chicago.NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "Mission to Jupiter's icy moon confirmed." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 August 2019. . NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (2019, August 22). Mission to Jupiter's icy moon confirmed. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 22, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190822143218.htm NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "Mission to Jupiter's icy moon confirmed." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190822143218.htm (accessed August 22, 2019). advertisementRELATED TOPICSSpace & TimeSpace Missions . Space Exploration . NASA . Solar System . Space Probes . Moon . Jupiter . Astronomy . advertisement RELATED TERMSDefinition of planet . Titan (moon) . Comet . NASA . Jupiter . Mars Exploration Rover . History of Earth . Planetary habitability . RELATED STORIES'Dragonfly’ Dual-Quadcopter Aims to Explore Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon. Aug. 23, 2017 — The Dragonfly mission concept would use an instrumented, radioisotope-powered, dual-quadcopter to explore Saturn's largest moon, Titan, one of our solar system’s “ocean ... read moreHow Radioactive Decay Could Support Extraterrestrial Life. May 23, 2017 — In the icy bodies around our solar system, radiation emitted from rocky cores could break up water molecules and support hydrogen-eating microbes. To address this cosmic possibility, a team modeled a ... read moreNew Insights Into 'Ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System. Apr. 13, 2017 — Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and other "ocean worlds" in ... read moreEuropa's Mystery Dark Material Could Be Sea Salt, NASA Research Reveals. May 12, 2015 — NASA laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter's moon Europa is likely sea salt from a subsurface ocean, discolored by exposure to radiation. ... read more FROM AROUND THE WEB Below are relevant articles that may interest you. ScienceDaily shares links with scholarly publications in the TrendMD network and earns revenue from third-party advertisers, where indicated.
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