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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The management of NASA’s Europa Clipper mission, facing dwindling cost reserves while still years away from launch, is looking at cost saving options that would preserve the mission’s science.
 

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The management of NASA’s Europa Clipper mission, facing dwindling cost reserves while still years away from launch, is looking at cost saving options that would preserve the mission’s science.
Things are not looking good for Europa Clipper. :eek:
 

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Indeed. Moving away from nuclear propulsion seems to have ultimately proven to be a fatal move on NASA's part.
 

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He continued, "Europa is one of our best chances of finding life in our solar system. NASA's Europa Clipper mission will launch in the next few years, and so our work aims to prepare for the mission, which will investigate Europa's habitability. Our models lead us to think that the oceans in other moons, such as Europa's neighbor Ganymede, and Saturn's moon Titan, may also have formed by similar processes. We still need to understand several points though, such as how fluids migrate through Europa's rocky interior".
 

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He continued, "Europa is one of our best chances of finding life in our solar system. NASA's Europa Clipper mission will launch in the next few years, and so our work aims to prepare for the mission, which will investigate Europa's habitability. Our models lead us to think that the oceans in other moons, such as Europa's neighbor Ganymede, and Saturn's moon Titan, may also have formed by similar processes. We still need to understand several points though, such as how fluids migrate through Europa's rocky interior".
Personally I cannot wait for Europa Clipper to launch, there is so much that we do not understand about Europa at the moment. Also I would like a future mission to Saturn’s moons Enceladus and Titan as Cassini left more questions than answers about these two moons.
 

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At the start of a National Academies meeting today, NASA’s Lori Glaze said Curt Niebur said agency recently held a continuation/termination review for 3 Europa Clipper instruments suffering overruns. Keeping all 3, but with some changes.

Biggest change is for the MASPEX instrument, which will get a cost cap and reclassification as a Class D (higher risk) instrument; it will also get a new principal investigator.
 

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Cost growth prompts changes to Europa Clipper instruments

Cost overruns on three instruments for NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft led NASA to consider dropping them from the mission and ultimately requiring significant changes to some of them.

At a July 9 briefing to the Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Sciences of the National Academies, NASA officials said they recently conducted “continuation/termination reviews” for the three instruments: a camera, infrared imaging spectrometer and mass spectrometer. Those reviews were prompted by cost overruns on those instruments.
 

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