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New Concepts to Explore the Jovian System

Van Kane • October 28, 2015 • 2

Last year, NASA’s managers invited the European Space Agency to propose a small spacecraft to explore the Jovian system. Van Kane describes the recently-posted results of ESA's concept studies for two possible missions.

New Horizons is a Triumph for Space Advocates

Casey Dreier • July 07, 2015 • 5

New Horizons—what will be NASA’s greatest success of 2015—was cancelled multiple times in its early life, and many times before that in its previous incarnations. A mission to Pluto was not inevitable, despite the overwhelming scientific and public excitement.

NASA Goes First Class for Europa

Van Kane • June 10, 2015 • 9

Over the last several years, engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Applied Physics Laboratory have rethought the entire approach to exploring Europa. NASA now has a concept that's affordable.

Why We Don't Know When the Europa Mission Will Launch

Casey Dreier • May 27, 2015 • 12

NASA has been vague about when the new mission to Europa will launch. There's a reason for that, and it's not just orbital mechanics.

Here Are the Science Instruments NASA Will Use to Explore Europa

Casey Dreier • May 26, 2015 • 8

NASA just announced the science instruments that will be used to understand the enigmatic ocean moon of Europa. The mission is planned to launch sometime in the early 2020s.

NASA's Mission to Europa May Get More Interesting Still

Van Kane • April 11, 2015 • 7

NASA officials have asked their European counterparts if they would like to propose contributing a small probe to NASA's Europa mission planned for the mid-2020s.

It's Official: We're On the Way to Europa

Casey Dreier • February 02, 2015 • 8

NASA's 2016 budget request increases the space agency's budget by $519 million, starts a new mission to Europa, increases funds to Commercial Crew, and threatens some long-running planetary missions.

JUICE at Europa

Van Kane • January 13, 2015 • 7

Europe's JUICE spacecraft will provide us with a detailed regional study of this icy moon of Jupiter.

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