How cool is this? For the first time scientists have mapped out a Europa lander mission

August 7, 2013 8:38 PM

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I’ve made no secret of my desire to explore Europa, a moon with an icy crust but large water oceans beneath the surface. With an internal heat source, many astronomers agree that Europa is the most likely place in our solar system beyond Earth where life might exist.

Although NASA’s administration is transfixed by Mars, there are people in Congress, including Texas Rep. John Culberson, who have argued for going to Europa. During last year’s budget cycle he levered $75 million into the budget, forcing NASA to continue developing mission concepts to visit Europa w...

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