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Industry given go ahead to develop nuclear powered JIMO probe

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posted on May, 26 2004 @ 06:02 PM
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Contractors have been given the go ahead to develop the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter:
www.space.com...

This probe will be powered by a nuclear-electric engine and be capable of orbiting Jupiter's major moons, individually. Such long-term, close range observation *may* be able to determine if Jupiter's moon Europa has the capacity to harbor life in the ocean that rests beneath its icy surface.

The project will also involve the Department of Energy and the US Navy centers that develop naval reactors.

Personally, I think this project is cool because, if you look at it closely, you can imagine a scaled-up version being used to carry humans on interplanetary flights.
www.jpl.nasa.gov...




posted on May, 26 2004 @ 09:08 PM
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yeah, this certainly gives us a hint at the future of space exploration. Using nuclear power is a good idea for long-range missions like this.



posted on May, 26 2004 @ 10:48 PM
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I know there's a danger, but I think it's worth the risk. Solar just doesn't cut it out there around Jupiter or Saturn.

I'd like to see what's under that crust of ice on Europa. Damn the risk!



posted on May, 26 2004 @ 10:56 PM
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This is great news, to do long term intense studies takes power.

More power = more powerful equipment. Lets go Europa



posted on May, 27 2004 @ 04:57 AM
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www.spacedaily.com...

yet another link about this topic..

I am going to look at the lockheedmartin and boeing sites.



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