NASA Mission to Look for Water on Jupiter’s Moon Europa beneath its surface
Jupiter’s Moon Europa has remained a mysterious and sort of unknown place for humans like most of the space around us. It is a known unknown and not much has been dug about it thus far.
Now a NASA spaceship is all set to go and search water on the impressive icy surface of the Jupiter’s Moon Europa.
There are reports that the leading space agency in the world NASA is all prepared to launch a mission to find if a liquid water ocean really exists underneath the shining surface the Jupiter moon.
There are reports that the US space agency is actually trying to find if the moon is habitable. It has already come out with a mission concept that states that the space agency is seeking to conduct a detailed survey of Europa and investigate its habitability. There are reasons to believe that NASA is entering the development phase known as formulation, space agency said in a statement. Beyond Earth, Europa is considered one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for signs of the present-day life.
While talking about the development John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate says, â€œToday, we are taking an exciting step from concept to mission, in our quest to find signs of life beyond Earthâ€¦Observations of Europa have provided us with tantalizing clues over the last two decades, and the time has come to seek answers to one of humanity’s most profound questionsâ€. The mission plan calls for a spacecraft to be launched to Jupiter in the 2020s, arriving in the distant planet’s orbit after a journey of several years.
The NASA concept paper says that the spacecraft would orbit the giant planet about every two weeks, providing many opportunities for close flybys of Europa. The mission plan includes 45 flybys, during which the spacecraft would image the moon’s icy surface at high resolution and investigate its composition and the structure of its interior and icy shell. NASA’s Galileo mission to Jupiter in the late 1990s produced strong evidence that Europa, about the size of Earth’s moon, has an ocean beneath its frozen crust.