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Scientists to probe for life on Jupiter’s moons?

The joint NASA-ESA Europa Jupiter System Mission would send to orbiters to explore the Jovian moons Europa and Ganymede. It is one of three missions vying to be the next big mission put on by the European Space Agency.

Scientists may finally get a chance to probe Jupiter’s moons Europa and Ganymede for signs of microbial life, by looking in what are thought to be liquid oceans beneath their frozen crusts.

The Europa Jupiter Systems Mission is one of three finalists vying to carry out the European Space Agency’s next big mission. All three presented mission plans Feb. 3 at a conference in Paris. A final decision is expected this June.

The other two missions vying for funding are the International X-ray Observatory, which could reveal what happens in the vicinity of black holes, and Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, which will “listen” to gravitational waves, giving space-time a sort of soundtrack.


(source: incomprehensibleuniverse)

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