Why NASA's Proposed Mission To Europa Is A Big Deal
A mission proposed this week would send a probe to Jupiter's moon Europa, one of the best candidates for alien life in our solar system.By Steven Sparkman | February 4, 2015
A proposed NASA mission announced this week is pretty much destined to capture the public's attention if Congress approves its funding: a mission to Jupiter that will see if one of the planet's moons could support life.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said Monday in his "State of NASA" address, "We're planning a mission to Jupiter's fascinating moon Europa, selecting instruments this spring and moving toward the next phase of our work."
Europa is becoming one of the most talked-about objects in our solar system and for a very simple reason: It's one of two places, aside from our planet, known to have liquid oceans.