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SPACEX SELECTED BY NASA FOR EUROPA CLIPPER MISSION

SPACEX SELECTED BY NASA FOR EUROPA CLIPPER MISSION

Context:

NASA has selected California-based SpaceX to provide launch services for Europa Clipper Mission to conduct detailed investigations of Jupiter’s moon Europa.

About Europa Clipper:

  • It is an interplanetary mission in development by NASA. It is planned for launch in October 2024.
  • It is Earth's first mission to conduct detailed reconnaissance of Jupiter's moon, Europa.
  • The spacecraft is being developed to study the Galilean moon Europa through a series of flybys while in orbit around Jupiter.

The objective of this mission will be to:

  • Conduct a detailed survey of Europa to investigate whether the icy moon has conditions suitable for life, look for signs of recent or ongoing geological activity, produce high-resolution images of Europa’s surface, determine its composition, measure the thickness of the moon’s icy shell, search for subsurface lakes, determine the depth and salinity of Europa’s ocean.

SpaceX:

  • Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is an American aerospace manufacturer, space transportation services and communications company.
  • It is headquartered in Hawthorne, California.
  • It was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars.
  • It manufactures the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles, Dragon cargo, crew spacecraft, several rocket engines, and Starlink communications satellites.

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