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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

NASA Plans Jovian Europa Trek in 2020

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration today announced plans for a multibillion dollar interplanetary space probe to the gas giant planet Jupiter and a Jovian moon Europa to be launched in 2020 with a planned arrival in 2026 and known as The Europa Juipter System Mission [video] or in Europe [ESA] as 'Laplace.' [Videos 1, 2, 3, 4 and ummm -- uh-oh! wrong vid and year.]

Planetary scientists strongly suspect that Europa, one of the four large moons of Jupiter, has a deep ocean beneath its icy surface. There is speculation that the ocean could contain more liquid water than in all of the oceans on Earth, and that has made Europa a focus in the search for life beyond Earth, reports The Washington Post.

NASA also disclosed that a Titan Saturn System Mission [video] remains high among exploration priorities despite being trumped by the Jupiter System Mission. The planned flagship flight would include a NASA-built orbiter to study Saturn and its moons, as well as European lander and research balloon to continue the exploration of the planet's cloud-covered moon Titan. Saturn's moon Enceladus, which harbors ice-spewing geysers, is also major target for that mission, reports MSNBC.

MORE from The Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, New Scientist, BBC, and Nature.

1 comment:

Juegos de Mario Bros said...

Thanks for Titan Saturn System Mission [video] , It seems really interested.