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NASA eyes dark energy, outer solar system missions

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posted on Feb, 6 2008 @ 08:03 PM
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REUTERS


The U.S. space agency is planning a mission to better understand a mysterious form of energy in the cosmos and an ambitious unmanned journey to the outer solar system, NASA officials said.


Outer solar system excellent..


NASA is planning to begin work on a mission to send a spacecraft to either Jupiter or Saturn -- the two biggest planets in the solar system -- with the idea of orbiting one of three moons of these two outer solar system giants. Launch is seen by 2017, with the mission cost pegged at $2.1 billion.


A question does arise tho with the scarce info we have on these planets why go to one of the moons? why not survey a planet more in depth ..

And what is the mysterious energy? dark matter? if so why not say dark matter not very mysterious unless it something else...

You dont think.. europa may be the target .. mm life under them oceans?

[edit on 6/2/08 by Quantum_Squirrel]




posted on Feb, 6 2008 @ 08:11 PM
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Considering Earth lays within the known perimeter of life sustaining enviornment, it is hardly a possability they are searchng for that. More than likely, it is a new exploration for mineral resources, and other potential manufacturing benefits. Such as the meteor belt mining operations, only based on sattelite/moon locales.

on the report posting though, nice job bud.



posted on Feb, 6 2008 @ 08:24 PM
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Heh sorry but i gotta say it , within the boundaries of 'life as we know it'


Also we all know life can survive the harshest of conditions. even a single cell organism found somewhere else would be a major break through.



posted on Feb, 7 2008 @ 12:41 AM
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Originally posted by ADVISOR
Considering Earth lays within the known perimeter of life sustaining enviornment, it is hardly a possability they are searchng for that.


Actually, it has been a stated fact by NASA that they DO consider Europa, Ganymede, and Titan to be places that life possibly does exist, and they have been in the very early stages of designing missions to Europa to search for signs of life for some time now.

It is said Earth lies in the 'Habitable Zone' because we have temperatures that allow for liquid water. But scientists speculate that Europa has a liquid water ocean under the ice that is warmed due to Jupiter's gravitational tidal forces acting upon the moon.

So if the Earth is considered "habitable" because of our relatively warm liquid oceans, why can't Europa be considered habitable for the same reason? There may be Vocanic vents under Europa's oceans that are oases of life, just like the ones we have on Earth. There is little life on Earth's deep ocean floor except around these vents.

Planetary biologists at NASA and other institutions have often stated that Europa is a prime candidate for finding extraterrestial life. Plus, as the post above me implied, these planetary biologists have often said it is very possible that the biological processes of life may be able to take place on the liquid methane oceans of Titan. Earth has creatures that seem to thrive on methane, so maybe a form of life evolved on Titan that uses liquid methane instead of liquid water.

[edit on 2/7/2008 by Soylent Green Is People]



posted on Feb, 7 2008 @ 02:19 AM
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Originally posted by Quantum_Squirrel
And what is the mysterious energy? dark matter? if so why not say dark matter not very mysterious unless it something else...


Dark energy is not dark matter. It is a different part of the same equation on what makes up the universe.

Wikipedia Overview

This is all theory, mind you. It is rather interesting stuff, though.



posted on Feb, 7 2008 @ 10:20 AM
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Thats a lot of money to spend on chasing a theory dont you think?.

Maybe they know more about Dark energy than they are letting on.



posted on Feb, 7 2008 @ 10:59 AM
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Originally posted by Quantum_Squirrel
Thats a lot of money to spend on chasing a theory dont you think?.


Nuclear chain reaction was once a theory, and they spent quite a bit of money to put it to test.

The rest is history.


[edit on 7-2-2008 by buddhasystem]



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