• NASA asks for Europa lander science experiments-and that's a big deal

    5 monthes ago - By Ars Technica

    Plumes of water vapor on Europa? A lander could tell us much more.
    NASA is in various stages of planning two multi-billion dollar missions to Jupiter's intriguing, ice-covered moon of Europa. One, a flyby mission known as the Europa Clipper , will makes dozens of passes of the moon down to an altitude of about 25km as it assesses the nature of the ice, the ocean below, and looks for clues of habitability. A second, even more ambitious mission , would seek to actually land on Europa, sample its ice, and look for signs of life.
    Both missions, but especially the lander, would be among the...
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