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Ideas Wanted for NASA Mission to Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa
space.com ^ | July 16, 2014 01:00pm ET | By Kelly Dickerson, Staff Writer

Posted on 07/17/2014 2:38:08 PM PDT by BenLurkin

According to the report, the future mission should focus on taking a closer look at the ocean that scientists suspect lies below the surface; characterizing its icy crust and looking for any subsurface liquid water; determining the surface composition and chemistry; examining surface features and identifying landing areas for future missions; and understanding the purpose of its magnetosphere — the magnetic field surrounding the celestial body.

NASA officials said the instrument proposals should focus on at least one of these exploration goals. The announcement calls for instruments designed for a spacecraft that will orbit Europa or complete several flybys, since astronomers do not yet have enough data to pinpoint safe landing sites on the icy moon.

One challenge with a mission to Europa is the massive amount of radiation surrounding Jupiter. Any spacecraft and instruments will need to be designed to handle the radiation. Further, a future mission will require extra caution so that anything living on Earth is not introduced into the potentially habitable Europa ocean.

NASA will select about 20 proposals in April 2015. The agency will award $25 million for those selected to further advance the designs of their instruments. The 20 reports will be reviewed, and then NASA officials will select eight winners. NASA will build the winning instruments for flight and send them to Europa.

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: europa

1 posted on 07/17/2014 2:38:08 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Launch Algore to land and melt the ice with his hot 2nd chakra.


2 posted on 07/17/2014 2:40:07 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: BenLurkin

I propose we send a large group of Muslims (after all, isn’t that NASA’s new mandate?)


3 posted on 07/17/2014 2:40:09 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: BenLurkin
Ideas Wanted for NASA Mission to Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa

Tie a long rope around it and bring it back home for study.
4 posted on 07/17/2014 2:41:21 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: BenLurkin

Crew it with high ranking democrats and put HAL 9000 in command.


5 posted on 07/17/2014 2:42:21 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: BenLurkin
ALL THESE WORLDS
ARE YOURS EXCEPT
EUROPA
ATTEMPT NO
LANDING THERE

6 posted on 07/17/2014 2:43:01 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: aomagrat

A bake sale? Kickstarter?


7 posted on 07/17/2014 2:43:38 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: BenLurkin

Diversity. Make sure you have a restroom for Men, Women, Gays, Lesbians, Transgender, etc. That’s the most important thing. Next, use all recycled materials. Oh, if you fail to make it, and everyone is killed because of bad calculations jut be sure you show your work and you can claim success.


8 posted on 07/17/2014 2:44:35 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: BenLurkin

9 posted on 07/17/2014 2:44:41 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Send Nancy Pelosi along so ALGORE can have his manly needs satisfied.


10 posted on 07/17/2014 2:45:54 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: BigEdLB

Effects from 30 years ago look so cheesy now.


11 posted on 07/17/2014 2:46:28 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: BenLurkin

Imho make the spacecraft large enough to mine the methane.

5.56mm


12 posted on 07/17/2014 2:47:13 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: BenLurkin

NASA is talking a big game considering that can’t get a man up to low earth orbit.


13 posted on 07/17/2014 2:47:41 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Moonman62

47 years ago.... 1967.


14 posted on 07/17/2014 2:47:58 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Send Al accompanied by Rocket Scientist turned used scam salesman extraordinaire Hairy Reed!


15 posted on 07/17/2014 2:48:39 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: BigEdLB

That was 2001, which had much better effects than 2010.


16 posted on 07/17/2014 2:48:57 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: BenLurkin

NASA is all about ideas and artistic renderings these days, they have nothing better to do.


17 posted on 07/17/2014 2:49:37 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: BenLurkin
I think they should bring a blender. They can test how well the Europan ice goes with frozen daiquiris and margaritas.

-PJ

18 posted on 07/17/2014 2:53:22 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: BenLurkin

Give free tickets to Dimocrats and Rinos.


19 posted on 07/17/2014 3:00:48 PM PDT by ProudFossil (" I never did give anyone hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." Harry Truman)
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To: BenLurkin

Let’s see ... Soviet Union sent a dog into space. But that’s anti-Muslim, and our NASA is pro-Muslim.

Who sent a monkey into space? Many countries, including Iran (claimed).

So a monkey into space is good.

I volunteer our very own bo. Muslim and monkey. Two birds with one launch. (Watch out for his bird; he can communicate via hand signs, a good talent for space travel.)


20 posted on 07/17/2014 3:03:25 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob
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To: BenLurkin

Here is an idea.

Don’t go.

Too expensive and the value is too low.


21 posted on 07/17/2014 3:06:19 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: BenLurkin

I think my Mom still has my volcano from the sixth grade science fair. They could take that. I think I got a B on it. Maybe a C+.


22 posted on 07/17/2014 3:07:40 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Resettozero
Tie a long rope around it and bring it back home for study

Paging Mr. Bailey .... Paging Mr. George Bailey ...

23 posted on 07/17/2014 3:15:42 PM PDT by mikrofon (Lasso that Moon)
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To: blueunicorn6
...my volcano from the sixth grade science fair.

That's about the level of the "science" they'll plan to utilize once there. Do we still really have a space program?
24 posted on 07/17/2014 3:16:58 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: mikrofon
Paging Mr. Bailey .... Paging Mr. George Bailey ...

Wasn't Donna Reed just...perfect? (CLANG! I'm alright! I'm alright.)
25 posted on 07/17/2014 3:19:38 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

LOL, just about every family has an “Uncle Billy” ...


26 posted on 07/17/2014 3:24:11 PM PDT by mikrofon (Lasso that Moon)
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To: BenLurkin

How about Obama, one-way ticket?


27 posted on 07/17/2014 3:28:19 PM PDT by John W (Summer of Recovery VI: This Time We're Serious)
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To: BenLurkin

Send mac daddy there so he can f up their planet also.


28 posted on 07/17/2014 3:31:59 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: beethovenfan

Barack Obama would make an excellent custodial engineer aboard the mission vehicle.


29 posted on 07/17/2014 3:38:37 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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