The universal human question of are we alone may be answered if Objective Europa has their way. Objective Europa is an ambitious undertaking to say the least. A group of former NASA Specialists, Scientists and big time dreamers are working towards sending a one way manned mission to the ice moon Europa, some 390,400,000 miles.
The Galileo spacecraft took 6 years to complete its journey to Jupiter, but with rocket propulsion advancements it may only take the manned mission around 6 months to complete their journey.
Recently missions to Mars have been making all the headlines, with over 200,000 people volunteering for a one way trip to Mars. This journey would be different, it would be to a desolate and icy moon orbiting gas giant Jupiter. A moon filled with mystery and a high possibility of life due to its theoretical warm oceans and active geology.
Another question begs to be answered at this time, is this mission possible? Objective Europas answer? “Even we are not sure of the answer, but we feel it is our duty as human beings to find out. We are curious creatures with a natural urge to explore and discover. ”
A robotic mission to Europa would answer a lot of questions before humans touch down on its icy surface and Objective Europa knows that. What they are betting on is that humans can make keen observations that no robot can make. NASA has proposed a robotic mission name Europa Clipper which will place a spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter in order to perform a detailed investigation of the giant planet’s moon Europa — a world that shows strong evidence for an ocean of liquid water beneath its icy crust and which could host conditions favorable for life. The Europa Clipper mission would send a highly capable, radiation-tolerant spacecraft into a long, looping orbit around Jupiter to perform repeated close flybys of Europa.
If this 2.2 Billion DollarClipper mission is successful we will know a lot more about Europa before sending a human mission, making their journey more useful as they will have scientific data to back up their own research.
At this point Objective Europa is still in the beginning planning stages and is looking for help in almost every aspect of the mission. To get in touch with them please check out their twitter, facebook and website