Exploring the Habitability of Icy Worlds: The Europa Jupiter System Mission


Wednesday, March 24 2010 - 12:00 pm, PDT
Bob Pappalardo
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

 NASA and ESA have recently selected the Europa Jupiter System Mission (EJSM) as the next Flagship mission to the out solar system. The mission concept consists of a NASA-led Jupiter Europa Orbiter (JEO) and an ESA-led Jupiter Ganymede Orbiter (JGO), which would execute a choreographed exploration of the Jupiter System before entering orbit around Europa and Ganymede, respectively. The mission's overall theme is: "The emergence of habitable worlds around gas giants," and JEO would focus on Europa with the goal: "Explore Europa to investigate its habitability." While the primary focus of JEO is to orbit Europa, the science return encompasses the entire Jovian system, especially as is relevant to the potential habitability of Europa. EJSM would shed new light on the potential habitability of icy worlds in our solar system and beyond. 

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