posted on Dec, 5 2013 @ 02:49 AM
I recall them mentioning that one of the moons in our own solar system possibly had oceans underneath it's icy exterior. I don't understand why they
just don't send out probes and find out for sure, why does it seem it's more interesting finding water particles in an atmosphere of a planet that's
1000 light years away.
Because it is a huge engineering challenge to send a probe to Jupiter, then have a radiation hardened lander descend to the icey surface of Europa,
THEN have a nuclear (it has to be nuclear) powered drill drill through the ice (which we still aren't sure how deep it goes) THEN have a
mini-submarine go into the ocean and somehow communicate with the surface lander which communicates with us.
It also would cost about $1-4 billion dollars by most estimates.
Taking spectra of exoplanets with instruments already built is easy by comparison.
Want that mission to happen, write your Congressman to tell them you want NASA's budget increased.
edit on 5-12-2013 by JadeStar because: (no