NASA to Explore Europa

Quest for alien life sees spacecraft launched in 2020

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Fri, Jun 19th, 2015 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

NASA announced that a new mission to explore whether life exists on Jupiter’s moon Europa, went from concept review to development, with a spacecraft scheduled for launch in 2020.

The mission plan calls for a spacecraft to be launched to Jupiter in the 2020s, arriving in the distant planet’s orbit after a journey of several years. The spacecraft would orbit the giant planet about every two weeks, providing many opportunities for close flybys of Europa. The mission plan includes 45 flybys, during which the spacecraft would image the moon's icy surface at high resolution and investigate its composition and the structure of its interior and icy shell.

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