In the search for life elsewhere in the solar system, scientists are settling on Europa as the most likely location . The next mission to arrive in that area is Juno in 2016, but it’s not really there to study Europa so anything we get is going to be incidental.The European space agency is planning a launch in 2022 for a mission to Europa that would study sites for a landing. NASA scientists also have a probe planned, The Clipper Mission, but funding is uncertain and not in the current budget.
|By: BoxTurtle Monday January 21, 2013 5:45 am|
The Russians think they’ve got a clean water sample from Lake Vostok. We’ll have to wait a bit to be sure. Their last sample was bad. They might find life, they might find cold water. However, the US is actually ahead on the search for life, just from another lake. I still think Vostok is more interesting, the water there is older.