NASA Europa robotic mission looking good after boosted 2016 budget

February 3, 2015 11:15 AM

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NASA is working hard on a variety of scientific missions and has big plans to send a robotic mission to Jupiter's moon Europa. Europa has long been thought to be one of the most likely locations to hold life outside of the Earth in our solar system. NASA is gearing up to launch the mission by the mid 2020s thanks to a boosted budget that it received for 2016.

NASA requested $30 million for preliminary studies into a mission to Europa for the year that begins on October 30, 2015 and was granted that amount. That $30 million is in addition to the $100 million that Congress added to the NASA budget last year to begin design work for a Europa mission.

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