A green transport airplane carrying Europa Clipper sits on the runway in Florida.
Source: NASA/Isaac Watson
Published: May 24, 2024
Historical Date: May 23, 2024

A United States Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft carrying NASA’s largest planetary mission spacecraft, Europa Clipper, arrives at the Launch and Landing Facility at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, May 23, 2024.

Teams spent several hours offloading Europa Clipper then transferring it to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy to prepare it for launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket later this year from Launch Complex 39A at the Florida spaceport. Europa Clipper will help determine if life-sustaining conditions exist below the surface Jupiter’s fourth largest moon, Europa.