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NASA Plans Europa Mission To Search For Life

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As we wrote two years ago, Jupiter’s moon Europa may actually be the best place in our solar system to seek out extraterrestrial life. It’s largely believed that the moon has an entire underwater ecosystem, ripe with the sort of conditions needed to support life, even if only on a bacterial level. A mission several years ago had been denied due to under funding, but renewed pushes seem to have been effective in swaying the minds that hold the money. So why should we detour money from the planned Mars mission and funnel it into this pipe-dream? For starters, it’s… read more

Life On Europa

One of Jupiter's moons, named Europa.

In early 2012, NASA announced that they may be planning to send a robot submarine to the oceans of Europa to discover if the lunar object contains extraterrestrial life. Europa is one of the largest of Jupiter’s 63 known moons, and is part of the four “Galilean Satellites”. The unfortunate news is that NASA’s decreased planetary research budget of $1.2 Billion, set by President Obama, isn’t enough to cover the costs of this endeavor. Steve Squyres, lead scientist for NASA’s Opportunity rover, places this venture at the top of his wish list, and believes it will receive the green light… read more