Hi fellow ATS Spacebuffs,
I've just been watching an excellent documentary on Netflix about the Voyager mission in the late 70's (and it's still going and will for billions of
years with that golden record on it) called "The Farthest: Voyager in Space" (must watch) and Voyager has just arrived at Jupiter and lo and behold
Europa appears as an iceworld with cracks and not pockmarked like Ganymede and Callisto - what discovery! Some of these moons house processes which
remake their surfaces over time, in this case, a water world covered in ice. How utterly fascinating!
This immediately brought something to my mind as an idea for a mission for a robot probe of Europa, and I'm very curious as to what the latest mission
plans are, if any, for this particular moon and if there are any updates on that, and, if there's a way of contacting NASA to.. poke them and try to
prod them, even as a small lone voice.
This idea is simple, since Europa is comprised of a thick ice crust surrounding a salt water ocean with internal heat source (the core) which might
very well have vents, and thus, life, based on the anagram of the Earth for example, with life teeming in the harshest of environments, and with no
light as would be the case on Europa.
- Send a submarine probe, which would reside inside a heated metal sphere until it melts through the ice and enters the Europan OCEAN. Where there was
darkness, there would be light.
Now, just consider the possibility of the breathtaking discovery of life in the Europan ocean filmed with high end cameras and EMF sensors, gas
spectroscopy, the works, even the ability to retrieve things to then analyze in the submersed laboratory which is what the submersible probe would be
at it's core.
Question: Is this possible? Can that ice even be melted through? I've heard somewhere that indeed it is doable.
What an intriguing possibility!
Why doesn't Elon Musk try to do something like this instead of sending people to their deaths and all manner of misery on Mars?
If we discovered life outside the sphere of Earth, that would be a momentous historical occassion and one that would enthrall the imagination of the
world, and what it we saw a spider-like animal feeding near a vent or some such thing - could you imagine?!
What are your thoughts?
Should we attempt a landing on and penetration of Europa, and wouldn't it make the most logical body to investigate using the best of our current
This would recharge NASA, and the United States if it was a US mission and it would impact the whole world in unforeseen ways.
Dear NASA, (if you're listening and I've seen evidence that you do)
Please build a submarine probe to land on Europa, and then melt down through the ice to the salt water ocean below.
AnkhMorpork, esq., March 27, 2018.
edit on 28-3-2018 by AnkhMorpork because: (no reason given)