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  • NASA’s mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa moves to development phase

    Jason RhianJune 19th, 2015

    If it were a crewed mission, it would probably be better suited for Jacques Cousteau than John Glenn. This is because the destination, Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, is covered in an ocean which has been estimated to contain more water than all of the oceans on Earth combined. The distant celestial body is considered to […]

  • Europa’s dark lines may be due to irradiated salt

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 17th, 2015

    NASA released data this week from recent laboratory experiments further indicating Jupiter’s moon Europa could contain a subsurface ocean and possibly even support life. Europa, the smallest of the four Galilean moons, contains surface features covered by an intriguing dark material. The data shows the enigmatic dark streaks are likely formed as a result of sea […]

  • 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 […]

  • NASA seeks proposals for Europa mission’s science instruments

    Jim SharkeyJuly 17th, 2014

    NASA recently issued an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for proposals regarding  science instruments that could be flown aboard a future mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa. The selected instruments could potentially answer important questions about the icy moon and help guide the search for life beyond Earth.

  • 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.

  • Europa or bust: possible mission to icy moon in FY 2015 Budget Proposal

    Paul Scott AndersonMarch 8th, 2014

    For scientists and space enthusiasts who have been advocating a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, there was some good news this week from NASA. A mission to Europa has been officially included in the NASA 2015 Budget request. The inclusion is a reason for cautious optimism; while naming it as a target for a future robotic mission in the […]

  • Choices: NASA FY 2015 budget – ISS, Russia, SLS, Commercial Crew, SOFIA

    Jason RhianMarch 5th, 2014

    A teleconference was held on March 4, 2014, with representatives from NASA who went over the various aspects of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal. During which the turmoil in the Crimea, the asteroid retrieval mission, Dennis Tito’s request for an SLS and Orion for his Inspiration Mars effort, and the end of SOFIA were all […]

  • Commentary: 5 Ways Outer Space Taught Us About Earth in 2013

    Lauren LyonsJanuary 1st, 2014

    Another year of the Internet has come to a close, which can only mean one thing: time for more lists! The science magazines will undoubtedly create exciting top 10’s of the most awesome things to happen in space in 2013. But some of the stories that most need telling are not the big-ticket tales of […]

  • Water plumes and clay-type minerals discovered on Jupiter’s ocean moon Europa

    Paul Scott AndersonDecember 13th, 2013

    Europa has intrigued people for decades, ever since the first evidence was found that this small icy moon of Jupiter harbors a subsurface ocean. Additional information about the actual conditions below the surface have been difficult to obtain, since this ocean is covered by a global crust of ice perhaps ten of miles thick in […]