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While we have known for a while about NASA’s upcoming mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, the mission didn’t have a name before today. Earlier today, NASA officially confirmed the name as Clipper.
Europa over a long period of time has managed to attract scientists and most recently, we have seen a number of high-resolution colored images. Interestingly, the moon has icy crust and thought to have a salty ocean beneath the surface. As water is necessary to sustain life, NASA is planning on collecting data with the mission to see if the moon contains all the components necessary for life.
Although NASA has been using the name for a long period of time since 2015, this news confirms the official name of the mission that will see the spacecraft making between 40 and 45 main passes of Europa. As off now, the mission is set to lunch in the 2020s and will arrive in the Jupiter’s moon after a couple of years.