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Artwork by Chad Schimke in homage to The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Europa Clipper - Europa is an icy moon that orbits Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. The Galileo space probe confirmed the moon has a thin atmosphere, is covered by thick ice and flexes tidally. The surface is covered with reddish-brown hatch marks, possibly left behind by irradiated salt water deposits. The Hubble telescope found water vapor shooting sixty miles in height, prompting the theory of a subsurface ocean on this strange world. The USA has planned a new mission of discovery, the Europa Clipper, named for high seas ship voyages in the not so distant past. For the first time, a space probe might discover life outside Earth. Still in the planning stages, the radiation-tolerant spacecraft will use Jupiter’s gravity to slingshot by the moon, 45 revolutions within 16 miles of the surface. Passing through the water above the surface will allow analysis of the chemical makeup but avoids the need to drill through ice layers. NASA is sending instruments aboard including cameras, spectrometers, radar, magnetometer, thermometer and instruments to detect atmospheric water and particles. Every great story starts the same way. What if? Could unimaginable creatures inhabit this familiar yet so alien underwater world? Truly, this is a new age of exploration. 


  1. This is really interesting! And yes...what if? I was just talking about aliens with my 7 year old son just recently. It's such an interesting topic.

  2. Life elsewhere is always fascinating.. and Europa looks cool

  3. I always wonder about that. I can't imagine that we're the only life, but what if we are. And if we aren't will we ever really know?

  4. I know that we are not the only life in this big solar system. I believe there are parts of this world that we have not even discovered because we don't have the technology or ability to travel far and deep into the universe. This is really cool stuff though. I love this stuff.

  5. How cool would it be if there is another life form out there.