Robot Submarine on Jupiter Moon Europa is 'Holy Grail' Mission for Planetary Science
by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer
Date: 22 March 2012 Time: 07:00 AM ET
Europa, as viewed from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft. Visible
are plains of bright ice, cracks that run to the horizon, and dark
patches that likely contain both ice and dirt.
CREDIT: NASA/Ted Stryk
Europa's seafloor may well be capable of supporting life as we know it today, said Cornell University's Steve Squyres, lead scientist for NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which is currently roaming the Red Planet. So a Europa robotic submarine mission is at the top of his wish list, though it likely won't happen anytime soon.
"This is fantastic stuff," Squyres said Wednesday (March 21) at a conference called Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space in The Woodlands, Texas. "This is the holy grail of planetary exploration right here."
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