Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Exploring Jupiter's Ocean Moon Europa | NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

Exploring Jupiter's Ocean Moon Europa | NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

On Earth, where there is liquid water, there is life. Jupiter’s moon Europa also has a liquid water ocean underneath its icy crust. Go behind the scenes with scientists as they explore Europa with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and prepare for the launch of the Europa Clipper mission. 

NASA’s Europa Clipper is designed to seek out conditions suitable for life on an ice-covered moon of Jupiter. 

The Europa Clipper spacecraft will train nine science instruments on Europa, all producing large amounts of rich data: high-resolution color and stereo images to study its geology and surface; thermal images in infrared light to find warmer areas where water could be near the surface; reflected infrared light to map ices, salts, and organics; and ultraviolet light readings to help determine the makeup of atmospheric gases and surface materials. Clipper will bounce ice-penetrating radar off the subsurface ocean to determine its depth, as well as the thickness of the ice crust above it. A magnetometer will measure the moon’s magnetic field to confirm the deep ocean’s existence and the thickness of the ice.

For more information on the mission go to: https://europa.nasa.gov/

Download Europa Clipper Ocean World poster: go.nasa.gov/3Gsjzt5

Video Credit: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Duration: 31 seconds

Release Date: Feb. 27, 2024

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