NASA’s projects may be broken down into two or three missions. First of these is to find alien life and, in the process, find another place where humans can survive. Second is to explore the space for precious metals or stones. And third: to bring home something powerful to help annihilate the enemies of freedom and, in the process, the planet itself. That last part may have been made up.
NASA is planning to search for life forms for the next 10 years. The aim is to search for manifestations of alien life. The prime target is the Jupiter’s moon Europa. There were several occasions when Hubble detected water plumes that can erupt out of the surface at approximately 2,300 feet per second and extends up to 120 miles above the moon’s surface. Comparing it to Mount Everest, our highest peak is only five and a half miles above sea level.
The plumes are an excellent sign that there may be a huge water deposit under Europa’s icy surface, according to scientists. The oxygen abundant atmosphere and the possible oceans are more than enough to justify sending a probe in search of life on this moon. Further details of the mission are available, for those who are interested.
Last February, a funding of $30 million was approved by the president for this space project, which is a part of the $18.5 billion bundle. The project’s total expenditure is believed to reach approximately $2.1 billion. It will be launched formally in 2022.
A flyby mission is what NASA has in mind. They believe it is the best approach at the moment. There will be 45 flybys attempt for the next three years. The probe named Clipper, can also be utilized to take water sample from the plumes using the built in gear that can detect life forms no matter how minute they are. This will supply scientists the data that they need on the biological strata of Europa’s supposedly oceans. Scientists are looking forward to discover a certain amino acid trait called chirality, or handedness. A chira amino acid is identical. They look exactly the same.
(Astrobiologist, Chris McKay, states “For example, spotting a set of amino acids that all display the same chirality, or handedness, in plume material would be strong evidence of Europan life.”
However, getting close enough to the plumes to collect sufficient data may prove to be quite difficult, as it will force the probe to fly low and slow, not to mention that the plumes are expected to shoot out of the ground at a very intense rate.
(The plan of getting close enough to get samples may not be easy. The probe will have to fly very low. The plumes shoot up unexpectedly from the ground packing a powerful wallop.
Despite this, things are looking favorable for NASA, whose space probe will determine whether we are the only ones in this Solar System.
(Things are looking great at NASA. The probe will have a very important role to play. It will determine whether there’s life in Europa or none.