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A new look at Europa, with old data

Ted Stryk • December 26, 2018

Ted Stryk shows us a new color, near-global view of Europa made from Galileo spacecraft data captured in 1996.

The Making of Life

The Planetary Report • December Solstice 2018

Michael L. Wong asks how our understanding of the origin of life on Earth informs our search for it elsewhere.

This Thanksgiving, avoid the politics and talk space instead

Casey Dreier • November 21, 2018

If you're expecting to gather with extended family on Thanksgiving, avoid the politics. Here are some conversation starters to use at the dinner table that everyone can engage in.

When Space Science Becomes a Political Liability

Casey Dreier • November 15, 2018 • 5

John Culberson, an 8-term Texas Republican and staunch supporter the search for life on Europa, lost his re-election bid last week. His support for Europa was attacked by opponents and could send a chilling political message about the consequences of supporting space science and exploration.

In search of ice and fire: Europa analog fieldwork in Iceland, 2018

Conor Nixon • October 24, 2018 • 2

The terrain of Iceland – the Land of Ice and Fire – has some very interesting similarities to Europa.

Moon Monday: Galileo's Galileans

Emily Lakdawalla • April 02, 2018 • 1

This week it seems fitting to feature a portrait of the Galilean moons by Galileo.

#LPSC2018: Groovy Galilean satellites

Harriet Brettle • March 30, 2018 • 1

The Jovian system is a busy place. The Groovy Galilean Satellites session at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) covered analysis of past mission data, testable hypotheses for future missions, and discussion of the use of ground-based data.

How the Falcon Heavy could revolutionize exploration of the ocean worlds

Casey Dreier • February 08, 2018 • 8

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is not just for big payloads, it can also throw light things into space very fast. And that has significant implications for the exploration of distant destinations in our outer solar system—particularly the ocean moons of the giant planets.

No plumes? No problem. How Europa Clipper will analyze an icy moon's ocean

Jason Davis • January 11, 2018 • 4

Europa doesn't have grandiose plumes like Enceladus. So how will the Clipper mission figure out what's in Europa's ocean?

Clipper Slipper

Jason Davis • November 28, 2017 • 7

Will NASA's Space Launch System be ready to launch a Europa mission in 2022?

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