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NASA Discusses Future Robotic Lander Mission To Europa
2013-08-07 14:22:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Jupiter's moon Europa, with its icy surface and potential for a liquid ocean underneath, has fascinated scientists for years and a new NASA-backed report looks at just how an exploratory mission might play out on its surface. The report's authors are describing it as the first step in a process that is expected to take years and cover billions of miles to complete. "If one day humans send a robotic lander to the surface of Europa,...

ESA Chooses Instruments For JUICE Mission
2013-02-21 10:11:35

ESA The JUpiter ICy moons Explorer mission, JUICE, will carry a total of 11 scientific experiments to study the gas giant planet and its large ocean-bearing moons, ESA announced today. JUICE is the first Large-class mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 program. Planned for launch in 2022 and arrival at Jupiter in 2030, it will spend at least three years making detailed observations of the biggest planet in the Solar System and three of its largest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and...

Committee Selects JUICE Jupiter Probe As Next Big Endeavor
2012-05-02 11:47:08

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected a Jupiter probe to be its next "large class" space endeavor after a five-year-long competition. The JUpiter Icy moon Explorer (JUICE) has been approved at a meeting of member state delegations in Paris. The probe would be built in time for launch in 2022, and will take eight years to reach the Jovian system. JUICE is a nearly five-ton satellite that aims to orbit Jupiter's moon Ganymede, as well as make...

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2011-02-06 07:55:00

With input from scientists around the world, American and European scientists working on the potential next new mission to the Jupiter system have articulated their joint vision for the Europa Jupiter System Mission. The mission is a proposed partnership between NASA and the European Space Agency. The scientists on the joint NASA-ESA definition team agreed that the overarching science theme for the Europa Jupiter System Mission will be "the emergence of habitable worlds around gas giants."...

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2009-02-18 13:10:00

Officials with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) met in Washington last week, deciding to pursue an ambitious plan to send a probe on a mission to Jupiter and Europa, the planet's icy moon.  A mission to visit Titan and Enceladus is also being considered. These bold, outer-planet missions could ultimately answer critical questions about the formation of the solar system, and help scientists determine whether habitable conditions exist elsewhere in the solar system. The Europa...

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2009-01-22 07:10:00

U.S. and European space officials are considering proposals to send probes to the outer planets of the solar system. One ambitious plan would send an orbiter to Saturn which would release a lander to the moon Titan. Another plan hopes to see two orbiters sent to Jupiter and to its moons, Europa and Ganymede. In February, Ed Weiler of NASA, and David Southwood of the ESA, will announce which plan will go forward to be discussed more thoroughly. The mission could cost billions of dollars to...

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2007-12-14 18:20:00

Jupiter's moon Europa is just as far away as ever, but new research is bringing scientists closer to being able to explore its tantalizing ice-covered ocean and determine its potential for harboring life. "We've learned a lot about Europa in the past few years," says William B. McKinnon, professor of earth and planetary sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. "Before we were almost sure that there was an ocean, but now the scientific community has come to a consensus that there most...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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