NASA’s mission to explore Jupiter’s icy moon took a big step forward when engineers they deliver an important component of the ship: the main hull.
Once the Europa Clipper arrives at Jupiter, it will start analyzing Europa’s icy moon and see if the conditions necessary for life to form are met. Last week, NASA announced the start of assembly of the Europa Clipper space probe. It will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket in October 2024.
And today we have already been able to see the time period provided by the agency in which we can observe the arrival of the main part of the Europa Clipper spacecraft. Now it’s time for engineers and technicians to complete the handcraft assembly of the spacecraft before testing it by 2024 to make sure it can withstand the journey.
In this video provided by NASA/JPL and Caltech, we can see this giant arrive and unpack in seconds.
This huge part of the ship has a height 3 meters and 1.5 meters wide. And that’s what we’re facing with NASA’s largest spacecraft ever built for a planetary mission.
Thanks to this long-awaited trip, we were able to find out whether the chemicals necessary for life as we know it are emitted from the surface of Jupiter’s moon. in 2030.
This moon, called Europa, is Jupiter’s sixth natural satellite and is known as the giant’s ice moon. “If there is life on Europa, it is almost certainly completely independent of the origin of life on Earth.”said project scientist Robert Pappalardo on NASA’s Europa Clipper official website.
However, while expectations are very high, there is no guarantee that signs of life will be found on this mission, Therefore, it will also study possible landing sites for future landing and exploration missions in the frozen interior to see if extraterrestrial life has been found in the depths.
Source: Computer Hoy
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