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  • Europa's cracked icy surface
    Dark material in fractures on Europa’s surface is sea salt, research suggests
    For over a decade, scientists have been curious about the long fractures on Europa’s icy surface and the darker-colored material they contain, as well as other relatively young geological features which are also coated with the mystery dark...
  • John Culberson told NASA's Europa Clipper mission may include a lander
    John Culberson told NASA's Europa Clipper mission may include a lander
    The Houston Chronicle reported on Friday that Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas ventured to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to be briefed on the latest concepts for a probe to Europa. Culberson, as the chairman of the House Appropriations...
  • Europa
    Active plate tectonics spotted on Europa
    Back in September of 2014, researchers published a groundbreaking study that suggested there might be plate tectonics moving on the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. While the report has not been confirmed yet, it could mean that Europa is...
  • Europa Clipper
    European Space Agency invited to contribute a lander to NASA's Europa Clipper
    According to a Friday story in Spaceflight Now, NASA has invited the European Space Agency to participate in its upcoming Europa Clipper project. Europa Clipper, pushed by Rep. John Culberson, the chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee...
  • Auroras of Ganymede
    Water beyond the belt
    NASA, two days ago (March 12, 2015), confirmed what planet-watchers have known for years. Ganymede, the largest moon of Jupiter, has a thick layer of ice, with an ocean beneath. Ganymede becomes the third large moon in the solar system to harbor...
  • Europa Clipper
    NASA Turns its Gaze to the Outer Planets and their Moons
    NASA has started to turn its attention to the Outer Planets and its moons as new destinations for space exploration. Two of the most successful robotic probes of the past couple of decades have been Galileo, which orbited Jupiter between 1995 and...
  • Jupiter's ocean moon Europa
    Scientists debate how to search for life on Europa in new mission
    Jupiter’s moon Europa, with its subsurface ocean, is considered by many to be the best place in the Solar System to search for extraterrestrial life. With NASA now committing itself to a new mission sometime in the 2020s, the focus is...
  • Europa
    Scientists mull how to find life on Europa
    Ever since the Europa mission had been given the official nod of approval by NASA, scientists have been giddy with excitement at the prospect of exploring a new world where life might reside. The likely model for the mission is the Europa Clipper,...
  • Europa
    Obama's 2016 NASA budget status quo, funds Europa mission
    The Washington Post reported on Monday that the NASA portion of the president’s 2016 budget proposal is basically status quo though it does provide further funding for a mission to Europa. A Europa probe is near and dear to the new chairman...
  • Bimodeal nuclear thermal rocket
    NASA looking at nuclear thermal rockets to explore the solar system
    Officially, NASA has been charged with sending astronauts to Mars sometime in the 2030s. Toward that end, according to a Friday story in Universe Today, space agency engineers at the Marshall Space Flight Center are looking at an old concept for...
  • U.S. Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) (R) talks with Subcommittee Chairman Rep. John Abney Culberson (R-TX) (L)
    Can Rep. John Culberson save NASA's space exploration program?
    Sunday, the Houston Chronicle’s Eric Berger has published the seventh in his series of articles about the American space program and what ails it. The piece focuses on Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, who has two fascinating aspects. The first...
  • U.S. Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) (R) talks with Subcommittee Chairman Rep. John Abney Culberson (R-TX) (L)
    Culberson as chair of NASA funding subcommittee makes Europa mission more likely
    As many have expected, Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas has been elevated to chair the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science, according to a Thursday story in Roll Call. The subcommittee has charge of NASA funding,...
  • U.S. Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) (R) talks with Subcommittee Chairman Rep. John Abney Culberson (R-TX) (L)
    Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas hints at big changes for NASA programs, spending
    Space News sat down Monday with Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, in line to become the chairman of the House Appropriations commerce, justice, science subcommittee that oversees NASA spending. Should that happen as many expect, Culberson has a number...
  • Europa
    Plate tectonics may increase chances for life on Europa
    Jupiter’s moon Europa is a fascinating little world, but particularly so for one reason: water. It’s deep alien ocean underneath the surface ice is reminiscent of our own planet, and since our oceans and seas are teeming with life,...
  • Europa
    NASA announces that Jupiter's moon Europa has plate tectonics
    NASA announced on Monday that scientists, looking at data garnered from the Galileo probe that orbited Jupiter between 1995 and 2003, have concluded that the icy crust of the moon Europa is exhibiting something similar to plate tectonics that...
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