March 7, 2014

NASA to send robotic mission to Europa in search for life

NASA is planning to send a daring robotic mission by 2025 to Jupiter's watery moon Europa - one of the best bets for alien life beyond Earth in our solar system.
The American space agency has set aside USD 15 million in its 2015 budget proposal to start planning a mission to Europa. NASA's chief financial officer, Elizabeth Robinson, was quoted by 'The Times' as saying that the Europa mission would be launched in the mid-2020s.
Europa is one of the solar system's most mysterious moons. There may be a vast ocean beneath Europa's icy crust, with more water in it than exists on all of Earth. A little bit of that water may be erupting from geysers near the Europa's south pole, sending plumes 200 kilometres into the air, a recent study has found.