Stick around another decade.
JUICE (JUpiter ICey moon Explorer) launches April 25, 2023 and will arrive at Jupiter in 2031.
ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Juice, will make detailed observations of the giant gas planet and its three large ocean-bearing moons – Ganymede, Callisto and Europa – with a suite of remote sensing, geophysical and in situ instruments. The mission will characterise these moons as both planetary objects and possible habitats, explore Jupiter’s complex environment in depth, and study the wider Jupiter system as an archetype for gas giants across the Universe.
Europa Clipper is scheduled to launch in October 2024 and arrive at Jupiter in 2030.
NASA’s Europa Clipper will conduct detailed reconnaissance of Jupiter’s moon Europa and investigate whether the icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life. The mission will place a spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter in order to perform a detailed investigation of Europa — a world that shows strong evidence for an ocean of liquid water beneath its icy crust and which could host conditions favorable for life. The mission will send a highly capable, radiation-tolerant spacecraft into a long, looping orbit around Jupiter to perform repeated close flybys of the icy moon.
I added the bold and italics because FFS we already KNOW Europa could harbor conditions suitable for life. Why not just look for life god damn it!?
This is one of my biggest beefs about NASA. They want to keep funding going for future exploration so they take baby steps doing everything. I’ll be fucking dead by the time they send another probe to Europa to actually find life.
To be fair,
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