Jupiter's moon sampling mission to Europe for signs of life will move into its final phase of design and construction, a NASA statement said.
Scientists have long wondered if ice-covered ice could sustain life in the underground liquid aquatic ocean. NASA has committed to a launch date for 2025, though the mission could be completed by 2023.
Europe is one of Jupiter's many moons, about the size of the Earth's Moon. Planetary scientists have paid much attention to it because it is believed to have an underground ocean and certainly the presence of water is an important ingredient for life, at least as we know it here on Earth. The mission to fly off the planet and grab specimens of material can provide evidence of the mysteries of the planet ocean.
A European anchorage mission will orbit Jupiter and fly continually close to Europe, measuring it with a package of nine instruments, including cameras, radar, a magnetic field sensing device, a heat measuring device and a mass spectrometer to measure what species. the matter ejects the moon into space.
Scientists working with the Hubble Space Telescope have already seen evidence of water vapor ejecting from Europe, and scientists realized last year that the Galileo Jupiter orbit may have flown through one of those shallows. Perhaps these plums even deposited evidence of life, like amino acids, on the surface of Europe.
The "certification" is part of NASA's project management plan, which divides missions into phases separated by independent reviews. This decision moves the project from the initial design stage to the final design and construction phase, after which it will move it to another assembly, testing and launch system.
Europe's research mission has been in the minds of scientists for decades. The latest mission is likely to benefit from the representation of the recently unseen Congressman John Culberson, a Republican from the 7th Congressional District in Texas.
Farmers on the surface of Europe were supposed to follow Clipper's heels closely, but plans have been delayed until 2030, science reported.
This latest release is an exciting breakthrough for those wondering if there is alien life here in our own solar system. Let's hope it gets off the ground.