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So this...
the torsional loads were about three times higher than comparable rockets."
is factually incorrect.
Let's hope that this would not be the basis of any decision.
 
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So this...
the torsional loads were about three times higher than comparable rockets."
is factually incorrect.
Let's hope that this would be not the basis of any decision.
I suppose it will be interesting to see the report though how a politician and his staff will be able to interpret what is no doubt a highly technical analysis requiring specialist knowledge to understand.
 

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You really should take a look at the letter that Rep. Babin sent to Steve Jurczyk on this whole Europa Clipper/SLS launch decision thing. I gotta tell you, I have neen reading letters between Congress and NASA for 25 years. Some have been rather pointed, confrontational, and snarky. And I have certainly written more than my fair share of snarky gotcha PAO and FOIA requests to NASA designed to make sure that no stone is left unturned. But I have to say that in all the time I have been editing NASAWatch I have never seen a letter from Congress to NASA requesting formation wherein the quasi-legalistic definitions of what constitutes the requested information - and how it is to be identified, sourced, and transmitted to Congress - that uses three times the words of what information is actually being asked for.

Rep. Babin is in the minority, so there is only so much mischief that he can do with whatever NASA provides. But he clearly has some legal eagle on his staff who is trying use their law degree to catch NASA in the act of doing something bad or not being responsive - however trivial the infraction may be.

Letter on the link below.

 

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I take it that there will be no surface lander or submersible on Europa Clipper?
Correct.

I hope that NASA does a follow on mission that carries either a submersible or a lander, only then will we know for sure that Europa has some form of life in it’s ocean.
 

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I take it that there will be no surface lander or submersible on Europa Clipper?
Correct.

I hope that NASA does a follow on mission that carries either a submersible or a lander, only then will we know for sure that Europa has some form of life in it’s ocean.
There was proposals for a Europa lander but last I read it was very much on the back burner due to cost and complexity.
 

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