Swarm of Tiny Swimming Robots Could Look for Life on Distant Worlds

Swarm of Tiny Swimming Robots Could Look for Life on Distant Worlds

A concept in development at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory would allow potential planetary missions to chase interesting clues in subsurface oceans. Someday, a swarm of cellphone-size robots could whisk through the water beneath the miles-thick icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa or Saturn’s moon Enceladus, looking for signs of alien life. Packed inside a narrow […]

NASA’s Europa Clipper Mission Completes Main Body of the Spacecraft

NASA’s Europa Clipper Mission Completes Main Body of the Spacecraft

The agency’s mission to explore Jupiter’s icy moon takes a big step forward as engineers deliver a major component of the spacecraft. The main body of NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft has been delivered to the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. Over the next two years there, engineers and technicians will finish assembling the […]

NASA Begins Assembly of Europa Clipper Spacecraft

NASA Begins Assembly of Europa Clipper Spacecraft

2021 Europa Clipper Spacecraft (Artist’s Concept): NASA/JPL-Caltech Clockwise from left: the propulsion module for NASA’s Europa Clipper, the ultraviolet spectrograph (called Europa-UVS), the high-gain antenna, and an illustration of the spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech / Johns Hopkins APL Science instruments and other hardware for the spacecraft will come together in the mission’s final phase before a […]