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Europa Orbiter

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The Europa Orbiter mission is part of NASA's Ice and Fire projects. This mission will send a spacecraft to Europa to measure the surface ice thickness and attempt to detect an underlying liquid ocean and measure its depth. The mission would also study surface and interior processes to determine the energy sources and response of the crust.

Mission Timeline

  • FY 98 - Preproject funding
  • 2002-2003 - Possible launch

IRTF Mission Support

  • Measurement of thermal inertia and disk integrated thermal properties This will tie the heating and cooling curves to the Galileo observations.
  • The IRTF will be used to look for endogenic hot spots

Last Updated on December 16, 1999

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Karen Meech, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii