NASA Hits Milestone For New Exploration Mission To Europa
NASA’s newest probe to Jupiter’s Moon would examine its physical characteristics for signs of habitability.By Evan Thomas | June 18, 2015
NASA’s planned mission to Europa has passed its first internal review and now enters the stage known as formulation.
This would be NASA’s first visit to Jupiter or its moons since New Horizons flew by on its way to Pluto, and the first dedicated science probe since the Galileo mission wrapped up its tour of Jupiter and its moons in 2003.
Europa is one of the leading candidates for worlds that might support life beyond Earth. The mission, which doesn’t have an official name yet, would send a dedicated probe to investigate Europa’s physical characteristics and evaluate its potential for supporting life. (Video via NASA)