NASA scientists try to explore the mysterious Jupiter moon, Europe, with a spacecraft Europe Clipper that is expected to start around 2023.
The mission, which will send Europa Clipper to the space in about four years, will try to obtain more information about the look and surface of Europe, reports Space.com. Europe Clipper, which will make approximately 40 passes through Europe, will gather important information about the composition of the moon, geology and hidden ocean.
Although only in 2019, NASA scientists still have to carry out additional investigations on the frozen moon before starting to build Europe Clipper. A key part of the mission will be to understand if Europe is habitable or habitable, because it is unknown if an organism lives in its scalable interior ocean.
"Europe that we really do not achieve: there are these really key mysteries that we are trying to understand", explains SpacePub, Robert Pappalardo, a planetary scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "[Europa Clipper] It will tell us a lot about how frozen moons work, and frozen moons are probably the most common habitable environments in the universe, so it's exciting. "
To the mission, Europa Clipper will bring new instruments that will help evaluate whether Europe is habitable or not. When you come into contact with Europe, Europa Clipper will travel to 15.5 miles from the surface of Europe to collect some images.
However, shipping the Europa Clipper to the frozen moon will not be easy: NASA scientists will have to participate in career planning, which means that you will have to choose a path to follow the spacecraft when it is with Europe. To make this task more fluid, NASA scientists keep their options open with each instrument, so they can use the one that provides the best data.
While NASA scientists are waiting to talk about the Europe Clipper launch vehicle, they face individual mission components before joining C phase, where they will set up a final budget and begin to develop the spacecraft Europe Clipper.
"It's amazing, we have to move so quickly to reach a launch that, as early as 2023," Pappalardo told Space.com. "Sometimes, it's over and you realize that you're in this river that is progressing, and it only takes you with that because there are so many things to do."
Visit the Europa Clipper page of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to learn more about the mission of NASA on the frozen moon.
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