NASA looks for traces of life on Jupiter’s moon

15 Dec

moonAmerica are developing plans to send ice-covered moon of Jupiter – Europe – two landers to search for traces of life. In an interview with internet portal NASA representative Kevin Hendrasskazal: “Europe, I believe, we must first examine if we want somewhere to find extraterrestrial life. It really gives us that opportunity, because the satellite is the ocean under the ice that was there for most of the lifetime of our solar system. ” According to the researchers cite the “Vesti”. According to Kevin Hand, in 2020, NASA plans to send to Europe, two of the same interplanetary probe weighing 320 kilograms each.
Among which are on board scientific instruments – a mass spectrometer capable of detecting organic compounds, as well as the seismograph and video cameras, which will help shed light on the geology of the satellite. As stressed by Hand, immediately sending two probes designed to “reduce risk associated with the implementation of land on uncharted surface of Europa.” Space travel research units take six years, ITAR-TASS reported. Because Europe is in Jupiter’s radiation belts, which are much stronger than the Earth, it is expected that the spacecraft has worked on the surface only a few days before the equipment will fail. The developers go for it consciously, because coating stations enhanced anti-radiation screens will significantly increase their weight, and scientists would like to see at the probes were as many as possible devices. At the same time NASA is considering the possibility of yet another space mission aimed at the study of Europe from its orbit. Send back the probe is also expected in 2020.

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