NASA Plans 1st Robotic Mission to Search for Life on Jupiter’s Ocean Moon, Europa –Will Defy Arthur C. Clark’s Warning: “Attempt No Landing There” (VIDEO)
In September of 2016, astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high-altitude water vapor plumes. The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa’s ocean without having to drill through miles of ice.
NASA’s Europa flyby mission, which is slated to take place in the early 2020s will play a key role in the later SDT lander mission, using its cameras to pinpoint plumes or cracks where material from Europa’s subterranean might surface.