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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.

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.

Europa: How Less Can Be More

Van Kane • August 26, 2014 • 6

Van Kane explains three factors that make exploring Europa hard—factors that can make a mission concept that seems like less actually be more.

Europa New Frontiers Mission? (Or why I like the Europa Clipper concept even more now)

Van Kane • January 07, 2014 • 3

Europa remains a top priority for a future mission to explore whether it could host life. While the Europa Clipper mission, remains the current front runner, a senior NASA manager has suggested that the agency may look at still lower cost options. Van Kane looks at what those options might be.

The Plumes of Europa

Leigh Fletcher • December 12, 2013 • 12

2013 has been a rather exciting year for Europa scientists. Today's exciting news: the Hubble Space Telescope discovery of water vapor plumes from the south pole of this icy moon.

Instruments for the JUICE Jovian Mission

Van Kane • March 07, 2013 • 6

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced the list of instruments selected for its JUICE mission to explore the Jovian system for three years starting in the 2030 following a 2022 launch.

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