Gravity Assist: Set Sail for Europa

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Published on 4 Dec 2020, 17:35
NASA’s Europa Clipper mission will give us the most detailed look yet at Jupiter’s extraordinary moon Europa. Smaller than our own Moon, Europa is one of the prime candidates for life beyond Earth because it has a deep ocean under its icy shell. The Europa Clipper spacecraft, named for speedy 19th century merchant ships, will map the surface, learn more about the ocean using ice-penetrating radar, and see if there are plumes of water shooting out from the cracks in the ice, among many other scientific activities. Project scientist Bob Pappalardo discusses this mission as well as the possibility of life on Europa and how it would be able to survive without sunlight. Subscribe to listen to the full podcast at

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