The search for life beyond our planet is simultaneously easier and more difficult in modern times. Discoveries of new exoplanets and moons with the possibility of life increase the likelihood that scientists can one day discover life beyond our planet. The difficult part is sending missions to explore these discoveries with our current technological capabilities.
A possible solution has been developed by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). This solution involves the ESA and NASA combining their resources for future missions. One such future mission has a target of one of the moons of Jupiter known as Europa. Europa is considered one of the prime candidates for alien life. NASA Looks to Land on Europa in Collaboration with Other Nations
The proposal for this mission has been labeled the Joint Europa Mission (JEM). JEM stresses the importance of exploring Europa internationally rather than nationally.
NASA believes life to exist on Europa due to the discovery of a huge ocean beneath an icy crust. Researchers estimate that Europa has double the amount of water as Earth. Scientists now believe the ocean on Europa is more similar to Earth than previously thought.
JEM has an anticipated launch date in the mid-2020s. The mission is currently expected to operate between six and seven years. Just reaching Jupiter takes up five years of the mission, in addition to a few more days required to reach Europa.
When the orbit of Europa is reached by JEM, a vessel would be launched and explore the surface for roughly thirty days. While the surface is explored, the orbiter craft will take various measurements concerning the basic structure of Europa with a focus on the basic layout of the ocean.
The development of JEM is exciting for researchers because it involves the combining of resources, which is thought to be vital regarding problem-solving in connection with the mission. If the mission is successful, this could lead to more missions on an international scale.
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