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Technology NASA chooses Spacex for its mission to Europe, the icy moon of Jupiter

04:40  24 july  2021
04:40  24 july  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Une fusée Falcon Heavy de l'entreprise SpaceX au John F. Kennedy Space Center, en Floride, le 24 juin 2019. © AFP Photo / Kim Shiflett / NASA A FALCON HEAVY rocket of Spacex company at John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida, June 24 2019.

NASA announced Friday to have chosen Spacex for its planned trip to Europe, icy moon of Jupiter. A beautiful $ 178 million contract for the company of ELON MUSK billionaire.

It's a Space X rocket that will take the next American astronauts to Europe, Jupiter icy moon. Just as for his next mission to the moon , the NASA chose the billionaire ELON Musk company for this future mission.

This is a major victory for Space who aims to venture further into the solar system.

NASA HAS SELECTED FALCON HEAVY TO FLY EUROPA CLIPPER! Launching in October 2024, this Interplanetary Mission Will Study WheyTher Jupiter's Icy Moon EUROPA COULD Have Suitable Terms for Life. https://t.co/kjt7natn7i pic.twitter.com/sfcdrcke77

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- spacex (@spacex) July 23, 2021

The Europa Clipper mission will be launched in October 2024 with a Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The contract amount is $ 178 million.

The mission should previously involve NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, which has experienced delays and cost overruns. Since SLS is not yet operational, Falcon Heavy has been deployed on commercial and governmental missions since its inaugural flight in 2018.

Conditions conducive to life?

It generates about 2,300 tons of push (22 million Newtons) with take-off, the equivalent of about 18 aircraft 747. The orbiter should perform 40 to 50 closer passages around Europe to determine if this icy moon may shelter conditions conducive to life .

It will be responsible for cameras and spectrometers to produce high resolution images and surface and atmosphere composition cards, as well as a radar to penetrate the ice layer and search for liquid water in below.

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