alien - Solar-powered spacecraft to find life on Europa?

NASA’s long-awaited mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has finally moved from idea to reality. That tiny world is “one of the most promising places in the solar system” to look for extraterrestrial life, the space agency said in a statement.

“Today we’re taking an exciting step from concept to mission, in our quest to find signs of life beyond Earth,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D. C. “Observations of Europa have provided us with tantalizing clues over the last two decades, and the time has come to seek answers to one of humanity’s most profound questions.”

Europa, just a little smaller than Earth’s moon, is believed to have an iron-nickel core and a crust made of water-ice. Scientists think a vast ocean may lie just beneath the frozen surface—an environment that could have all the necessary ingredients for life to have developed.

“We know that on Earth, everywhere that there’s water, we find life,” said Robert Pappalardo, project scientist for the Europa mission, in a NASA video, as reported by The Huffington Post. “So could Europa have the ingredients to support life?”
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The Europa mission would send a solar-powered spacecraft to make 45 flybys of the moon over a three-year period, NASA said in a separate statement.