In recent years, NASA has become increasingly successful in its missions largely thanks to its cooperation. While it’s normal to think that the scientists are working in isolation, NASA has started to increase the collaboration with others as from time to time, they ask for input from science communities or even ask general population to name certain spacecraft or new discovery to make them more engaged with the research in the space agency. Recently, the space agency has asked broader scientific community to offer suggestion for its upcoming Clipper mission.
Few weeks earlier, the space agency revealed that Europa contains massive water plumes as previously they thought that the water plumes only existed in Moon. Such discoveries made the upcoming Europa Clipper mission to be more interesting as NASA will need to know which equipment they should send for most effective results. In order to achieve that, the space agency has asked for suggestions as mentioned earlier. Talking about the announcement, NASA’s Thomas Zurbuchen said, “The possibility of placing a lander on the surface of this intriguing icy moon, touching and exploring a world that harbors life is at the heart of the Europa lander mission”.
“We want the community to be prepared for this announcement of opportunity because NASA recognizes the immense amount of work involved in preparing proposals for this potential future exploration.”
After the space agency receives the suggestion, researchers will investigate and evaluate different proposal. Afterwards, they will fund different projects which are compatible with the mission’s concept.
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