Friday, February 27, 2009

missions to Europa, Ganymede

Just found out from today's issue of Science that NASA and ESA have decided to send the next outer solar system mission to Jupiter's moons Europa and Ganymede. Which is all very exciting, but it means there will be no ballooning on Titan in the next 30 years. And I was so looking forward to that one. Oh well let's hope these two missions come up with something to compensate that loss.

SPACE SCIENCE: NASA, ESA Choose King of Planets for Flagship Missions in 2020
Andrew Lawler
Science 27 February 2009: 1154.

Summary: The jovian satellites Europa and Ganymede were chosen by NASA and European Space Agency officials last week as the next major missions to explore the solar system beyond Mars, instead of Titan, an equally intriguing moon of Saturn.

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