ASU scientists and engineers building Europa Clipper's thermal imager passed a major hurdle recently by capturing the first successful test images, known as “first light” images, from this complex infrared camera.
Europa Clipper's Thermal Imager Captures Breathtaking "First Light" Images
Finding plumes at Europa is an exciting prospect, but scientists warn it’ll be tricky, even from up close.
Are Water Plumes Spraying From Europa? NASA's Europa Clipper Is on the Case
Take a closer look at the complex choreography involved in building NASA’s Europa Clipper as the mission to explore Jupiter’s moon Europa approaches its 2024 launch date.
A Few Steps Closer to Europa: Spacecraft Hardware Makes Headway
NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for Earth’s first mission to conduct detailed investigations of Jupiter's moon Europa.
NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Europa Clipper Mission
Jupiter’s moon Europa and its global ocean may currently have conditions suitable for life. Scientists are studying processes on the icy surface as they prepare to explore.
Surface of Jupiter's Moon Europa Churned by Small Impacts
Jupiter’s moon Europa may have the potential to harbor life. The spacecraft will use multiple flybys of the moon to investigate the habitability of this ocean world.
NASA's Europa Clipper Builds Hardware, Moves Toward Assembly
Scientists have theorized on the origin of the water plumes possibly erupting from Jupiter's moon Europa. Recent research adds a new potential source to the mix.
Potential Plumes on Europa Could Come From Water in the Crust
The surface of Jupiter's moon Europa features a widely varied landscape, including ridges, bands, small rounded domes and disrupted spaces that geologists call "chaos terrain." Three newly reprocessed images, taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s, reveal details in diverse surface features on Europa.
Newly Reprocessed Images of Europa Show 'Chaos Terrain' in Crisp Detail
An icy ocean world in our solar system that could tell us more about the potential for life on other worlds is coming into focus with confirmation of the Europa Clipper mission's next phase.
Mission to Jupiter's Icy Moon Confirmed
Scientists discovered that the yellow color visible on portions of the surface of Europa is actually sodium chloride, a compound known on Earth as table salt, which is also the principal component of sea salt.
Table Salt Compound Spotted on Europa
NASA has decided to replace the current magnetometer on the upcoming Europa Clipper mission with a less complex instrument.
NASA Seeks New Options for Science Instrument on Europa Clipper
New comprehensive mapping of the radiation pummeling Jupiter’s icy moon Europa reveals where scientists should look -- and how deep they’ll have to go -- when searching for signs of habitability and biosignatures.
Radiation Maps of Europa: Key to Future Missions