The well know space agency, NASA had launched the various mission in the past. Now, it is all set to go with the new mission called Europa Clipper to find Europa’s potential to host the life. Clipper word came from clipper ships which sailed in the 19th century across the sea. These ships were three –masted sailing vessels known for their elegance and fastness. Clippers used to carry tea and other goods across the Atlantic sea.
It’s a $2 billion Europa Clipper mission which will launch in the 2020s. In order to found the life sign in the giant planet Europa, the agency will place a spacecraft around it. The spacecraft will do repetitive close flybys. This planet has shown very solid proof for sea water under its icy crust. These all facts support the life on this planet like earth. Very soon the NASA will find proof regarding all these evidence.
The agency will place nine modern tools like cameras, spectrometers, and Radar. These will provide high-quality images and high-level info. The radar will determine the width of the icy shell. The scientist will process the data received from these devices. Further, this will help them to decode the life on this planet. The payload will also carry a magnetometer to measure the power and path of the moon’s magnetic field. This will allow the researcher to find the facts about the deepness and salinity of its ocean.
Apart from these tools, the agency has placed many thermal devices to find the recent waves of hot water near the surface. They will also include tools to search for the proof of water and tiny particles on the surface. In 2012, the telescope images observed some sign of water plums. If this holds true, then this will help scientist to examine the chemical components on the surface.
As per the report from the NASA, Europa Clipper will perform 45 flybys of the planet. During these flybys, the spacecraft would capture the sign of the life. It will spend only short time near the Europa’s surface radiation and will capture the huge amount of data. It will sail out from there after a short span of time. This process will repeat again for 45 times to gather data for analysis.