Feb 18, 2009
NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) today unveiled their joint plans for exploring the outer planets, choosing to head to Jupiter and four of its moons before further exploring the moons of Saturn. Each space agency will launch a spacecraft in 2020 that will reach the Jovian system in 2026 and then spend three years exploring Jupiter and its largest natural satellites: Europa, Ganymede, Io and Callisto. ESA's craft will spend one of those years examining Ganymede, and NASA's probe will do the same for Europa.
Europa is considered one of the more habitable bodies in the solar system and so merits investigation as a possible abode for life. The Galileo spacecraft, which explored the Jovian system from 1995 to 2003, discovered what might be a subsurface ocean of liquid water under Europa's crust of ice. The moon was considered sufficiently compelling that when NASA concluded the Galileo program, the spacecraft was sent plunging to its doom in the atmosphere of Jupiter to avoid possible disruption or contamination of Europa and its ocean.
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The Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative (GBFAI) is launching the 2013 Geoffrey Beene Global NeuroDiscovery Challenge whose
Deadline: Jul 25 2013
This challenge provides an opportunity for Solvers to build a web-based or mobile “app” to explore data relationships in scholarly conte
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