Though the AGU meeting attracted lots of Earth-focused geoscientists (is that redundant?), some of the biggest news came from elsewhere in the solar system. It’s hard to beat the Hubble-based discovery of plumes jetting from the south pole of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Emily talks about the science of this major find, while Casey uses it as yet another argument for adequate funding of planetary science missions. Here’s the Planetary Society’s statement on the now imperative need for the Europa Clipper mission. You can learn more about this exciting concept in my conversation about Destination:Europa with scientist Alyssa Rhoden three weeks ago.
Emily also explores the news from Curiosity that was hard to find in the major media. The big rover has found a Martian rock that may date back to the birth of our solar system! We also present the eerie sounds of Earth, as captured by the Juno spacecraft as it whipped past our homeworld on the way to Jupiter. You’ll hear a human element in this song from space.