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Jun 18 2015

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NASA Europa mission passes milestone

All Systems Go for NASA’s Mission to Jupiter Moon Europa.

NASA’s mission concept — to conduct a detailed survey of Europa and investigate its habitability — has successfully completed its first major review by the agency and now is entering the development phase known as formulation.

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 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.

See…this is EXACTLY the type of mission NASA should be undertaking. I’ll have to find out for sure, but I believe I know who’s planning the mission navigation.

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