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News Archive / Tagged: Europa Clipper

  • Europa Clipper mission to launch atop a Falcon Heavy

    Michael McCabeJuly 28th, 2021

    After years of debating on a launch vehicle Europa Clipper spacecraft, NASA has selected SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy for the mission to Jupiter’s icy moon.

  • Finding life on Europa requires drilling to its subsurface ocean

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 24th, 2021

    A future mission seeking signs of life on Jupiter's moon Europa will likely require drilling into its global subsurface ocean, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Astronomy.

  • Prototype high-gain antenna being tested for Europa Clipper

    Laurel KornfeldApril 3rd, 2019

    A prototype high-gain antenna that will transmit data for NASA's Europa Clipper mission is being tested at an indoor electromagnetic testing facility.

  • Hubble, Galileo data provide more evidence of plumes over Europa

    Bart LeahyMay 15th, 2018

    After reviewing data from a previous mission to the Jovian system, scientists found evidence of a plume erupting from Jupiter's moon Europa, which NASA said indicates that the moon's subsurface ocean may indeed be venting water vapor through cracks in its icy surface.

  • NASA’s Jupiter moon mission named ‘Europa Clipper’

    Jim SharkeyMarch 12th, 2017

    NASA announced on Thursday, March 9, that the space agency's upcoming mission to study the habitability of Jupiter's frozen moon Europa will be named the "Europa Clipper". The name harkens back to the wooden clipper ships that sailed Earth's oceans in the 19th century.

  • Goals for NASA’s proposed Europa Lander begin to crystallize

    Curt GodwinFebruary 9th, 2017

    Members of a NASA Science Definition Team (SDT) recently completed a report on the science value for a proposed Europa lander and gave design recommendations for the notional explorer. The search for evidence life on the icy moon is near the top of the list.

  • Let’s send a private mission to Europa, expert says

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 11th, 2015

    Jupiter’s icy moon Europa puzzles astrobiologists and sparks the imagination of those interested in extraterrestrial life. It is believed that the moon has a subsurface ocean of liquid water, where life could possibly be similar to microbial life forms on Earth. The likely presence of liquid water has ignited persisting calls to send a probe […]

  • Mission to Europa included in proposed NASA budget

    Joe LatrellFebruary 4th, 2015

    NASA’s chief financial officer David Radzanowski had requested $30 million over the next year to start work on a mission to the Jovian (one of four closest satellites of the gas giant Jupiter) moon Europa. His request was granted in the latest White House Space and Sciences budget. The proposed budget covers everything from the Commercial Crew […]

  • House Appropriations Committee raises NASA budget

    Collin SkocikMay 10th, 2014

    On Thursday, May 8th, 2014, the House Appropriations Committee voted to give NASA $19.9 billion for FY 2015. This was about $439 million more than the White House had asked for. The Committee criticized President Obama for consistently asking for less money than what was needed to meet the space agency’s goals. A refrain which has been […]

  • Cassini spies the ice-giant planet Uranus

    NASAMay 9th, 2014

    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured its first-ever image of the pale blue ice-giant planet Uranus in the distance beyond Saturn’s rings.