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#1 2006-01-26 00:58:41

DannyITR
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Re: Jupiter in a year for Europa orbiter?

I was just wondering...if New Horizons can get to Jupitor in 13 months, why the heck can't we send the same thing to Europa in the interim while we wait for the sloth JIMO? I'm sure there is a weight consideration here but send two or three with the bare minimum of equipment or something.


Does anyone know the details about why NH is so fast (ie: weight, path, propulsion etc) and if its applicable to orbters as well. I undertand NH is only a flyby of Pluto.


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#2 2006-01-26 04:06:50

Julius Caeser
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Re: Jupiter in a year for Europa orbiter?

I believe its a question of weight.NH weighs  just about over 300 kgs whereas spacecraft like Galileo and Cassini weigh over 1000 kg each.For the latter two to bring them into orbit around the gaseous planets,poses a limit on their accelaration for them to be able to be captured into orbit around Jupiter and Saturn.NH is not meant to orbit these 2 planets and therefore affords to  reach higher velocities and just do a flyby.NH is probably the first spacecraft to  be escaping the solar system rather than put into  orbit around the sun.

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#3 2006-01-26 07:37:52

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Re: Jupiter in a year for Europa orbiter?

It might have to do with weight and fuel.  You see, the more you accelerate, the more you have to decelerate when you get to where you are going, and that requires more fuel, a heaver launce vehicle, and more cost.


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#4 2006-02-08 03:17:19

Stephen
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Re: Jupiter in a year for Europa orbiter?

NH is probably the first spacecraft to  be escaping the solar system rather than put into  orbit around the sun.

Ah! the fleeting fickleness of fame!

You're forgetting Pioneers 10 & 11 & Voyagers 1 & 2. All are on outbound trajectories.


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#5 2006-02-08 21:09:29

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Re: Jupiter in a year for Europa orbiter?

Yup good reminder of the past and present probes still in use even if only in a data collection mode.

But I wonder even if another copy of the New Horizon or some other probe such as the cere vista asteriod nearly complete can foot the bill for the exploration questions that we search for answers on in the first place.

I like the idea that first real scout missions should be made from a very basic probe so as to keep costs low for the initial exploration.

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#6 2020-07-07 20:13:56

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Re: Jupiter in a year for Europa orbiter?

Bump to group up similar topics

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#7 2021-07-24 06:23:16

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Re: Jupiter in a year for Europa orbiter?

Looks like Musk is going to Jupiter for NASA, ESA will launch a European missions, Russians and Chinese might go also with a nuke-space tug or interstellar mission
....politics...maybe a Win for the US Private Sector and SpaceX, but a blow to SLS.

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for the Europa Clipper Mission
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa … er-mission

The ESA mission under tests?
https://socci.esa.int/web/juice

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#8 2021-07-25 21:24:48

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Re: Jupiter in a year for Europa orbiter?

SpaceX Falcon Heavy to launch NASA ocean moon explorer, saving the US billions

Known as Europa Clipper, the six metric ton (~13,300 lb) spacecraft will instead launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket for less than $180M. Had Falcon Heavy not been ready or NASA shied away from the challenge of switching launch vehicles, sending the ~$4.25 billion orbiter to Jupiter could have easily added more than $3 billion to the mission’s total cost. Instead, Europa Clipper will be able to launch one or two years earlier than SLS would have been ready and at a cost that’s practically a rounding error relative to the alternative.

Since there is now another rocket for the crews to make use of rather than the SLS for under 70 metric ton payloads....

Measuring approximately 3100 km (~1940 mi) in diameter, Europa is approximately 10% smaller and 30% less massive than Earth’s Moon. Both are similar balls of rock with solid metallic cores. However, based on observations taken over decades by spacecraft and Earth-based telescopes, odds are good that Europa also has a vast liquid water ocean insulated by 10-30 km (6-20 mi) of ice so cold that it’s as hard as granite.

Scientists estimate that Europa’s saltwater ocean is dozens to 100+ km (~62 mi) deep, covers the moon’s entire surface, and holds more water than all of Earth’s oceans combined. Signs of a liquid ocean under Europa’s crust (and the crust of numerous other outer solar system moons, as it would turn out) were especially surprising because of the implication that those moons possessed vast heat sources. In the case of Europa, it’s believed that Jupiter’s immense gravitational pull and the moon’s close orbit are balanced in such a way that Europa is heated as those tidal forces violently stretch and squeeze its interior.

In an orbit 30% lower than Europa, tidal heating is so aggressive that the moon Io is littered with titanic volcanoes and lava lakes more than 200 km (~120 mi) across – so large that waves have been spotted on its surface with Earth-based telescopes. In short, because Europa appears to be in the right place to have enough – but not too much – tidal heating, it’s believed to be one of the best potential harbors of extraterrestrial life and Europa Clipper’s primary purpose is to pursue that potential astrobiological treasure trove.

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