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(abstract) Through the Europan Ice: Advanced Lander Mission Options

Show simple item record Trowell, Stephen en_US Wild, James en_US Horvath, Joan en_US Jones, Jack en_US Johnson, Elizabeth en_US Cutts, James en_US 2004-09-30T23:24:38Z 2004-09-30T23:24:38Z 1996-11-12 en_US
dc.identifier.citation San Juan Capistrano, CA en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 96-1393 en_US
dc.description.abstract A variety of options for missions to visit Europa and study it in depth are being discussed. A first reconaissance may be made with an orbiter only. However, detailed examination of any water-ice ocean, particularily to determine the possible existence of biochemical materials, will require landing on and perhaps melting down through the ice itself to directly explore the Europan ocean. A first mission to Europa will attempt to determine whether or not this liquid water exists. Assuming this first mission determined it likely that liquid water did indeed exist, a more sophisticated lander package would be appropriate. This paper will describe strawman designs of this advanced lander as well and will discuss the many opportunities and challences in creating such spacecraft. Work in progress at both Leicester and JPL to further determine cryobot feasibility through numerical modeling and mechanical prototyping will be described. en_US
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dc.subject.other Europa water ice lander robotics cryology biochemical en_US
dc.title (abstract) Through the Europan Ice: Advanced Lander Mission Options en_US

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