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Tag: Europa (Moon)

NASA: Exploring Ocean Worlds with Robots

The search for life beyond Earth needs robots. But to explore distant ocean worlds like Europa, we’ll need a new set of tools to drill through ice, reach faraway samples and cross difficult terrain. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently finished a series of prototypes that might make that exploration a little easier.  

PBS: Space Time | Life on Europa?

The Hubble Telescope found more evidence of vast plumes of water bursting through the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. What does this tell us about the potential for life on Europa? New findings have increased the likelihood that there is a vast ocean lying under the surface of Europa. Jupiter’s moon is emerging as …

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NASA: Hubble Directly Images Possible Plumes on Europa

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope took direct ultraviolet images of the icy moon Europa transiting across the disk of Jupiter. Out of ten observations, Hubble saw what may be water vapor plumes on three of the images. This adds another piece of supporting evidence to the existence of water vapor plumes on Europa – Hubble also …

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TED: 3 moons and a planet that could have alien life | James Green

Is there life beyond Earth in the solar system? NASA director of planetary science James Green says we don’t know yet, but that we’re “hot on the pursuit” and will answer that question in 10 years. It’s all about the ingredients needed for life: liquid water, energy and organic material. So when we look out …

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NASA: Buoyant Rover for Under Ice Exploration

Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are developing the Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration, a technology that could one day explore oceans under the ice layers of planetary bodies. The prototype was tested in arctic lakes near Barrow, Alaska.  

NASA: Alien Ocean: NASA’s Mission to Europa

NASA has started to prepare for a first mission to Europa, one of Jupiters moons. Europe is indeed interesting since it is believed to be a ocean beneath the frozen surface. And where there is water, there could or perhaps, should, also be life. To build up some hype surrounding the mission, NASA has released …

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NASA: NASA Announces selection of science instruments for mission to Europa

NASA announced on Tuesday, May 26, the selection of science instruments for a mission to Europa to investigate whether Jupiter’s icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life. NASA received 33 proposals for science instruments to fly onboard a Europa mission, which would conduct repeated close flybys of the small moon during a three-year period. …

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Europa | Ocean World

Scientists believe there is an ocean hidden beneath the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. NASA-JPL astrobiologist Kevin Hand explains why scientists are so excited about the potential of this ice-covered world to answer one of humanity’s most profound questions.  

National Geographic: Testing a Space Rover Under Alaskan Ice

In a first-time success, NASA remote pilots a roving, untethered vehicle under Alaska’s ice. It’s a milestone in the quest to develop an unmanned vehicle that could one day plumb the icy reaches of Jupiter’s moon Europa.  

Steven Squyres: The Future of Planetary Exploration

The University of California presents this talk from 2011 by Steven Squyres who is a professor of astronomy at Cornell University. He has participated in a number of NASA’s planetary spaceflight missions, including the Voyager mission to Jupiter and Saturn, the Magellan mission to Venus, the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission, and the Mars Exploration …

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Nathalie Cabrol: Planetary Lake Lander

SETI talks presents Nathalie Cabrol who talks about the potential of life Beyond Earth in the wake of the discovery of life in Lake Vida, one several sub-glacial lakes at Antarctica. The investigation of the sub-glacial lakes continues and we have previously written about Lake Vida.

NASA: Jupiter moon’s subsurface ocean of water

Can there be life elsewhere? A proposed mission to Jupiter’s icy moons would explore Europa and Ganymede. Data from a previous NASA planetary mission, Galileo, have provided scientists evidence of what appears to be a body of liquid water just beneath the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon, Europa. The data suggest that, not only is …

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