Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty

Explore Europa

Gary Mitchell

November 26, 2012

I think the next big thing we should do is explore Europa. From what we know so far, Europa is the only place within reach that has a good chance of harboring life--life that formed "elsewhere." Maybe there isn't anything there. Maybe there's only single-celled organisms. Or there could be something actually swimming around. How can we not go take a look? Compared to the amount of money we spend making war etc., the cost of exploring Europa is mere pocket change. A thousand years from now, people won't remember most of what we think is so important today. But they will remember our major discoveries. Most of us learned about Columbus' voyage to the New World as young school children, but how many of us remember the politics or economic concerns at that time? If we discover life on Europa, THAT will be remembered.


Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Planetary Defense

An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.



Beyond The Horizon, There's More To Explore!

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Us

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join The Planetary Society

Let’s explore the cosmos together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!