Congress pushes for Europa missions

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A new House budget bill stipulates that NASA fly two unmanned missions to Europa, including a lander, and do it soon.

The bill also includes several hundred million per year for the missions, at least at the beginning. Even though planetary scientists have recommended that NASA do at least one mission to Eurpoa relatively soon, it appears that these missions are the particular pet projects of the committee chairman in Congress.



  • Wayne

    Where, does all this money come from?

  • Alex

    Wayne: Frish printed?

  • wodun

    No, its always some other program/agency that gets the fresh printed money. NASA, or whatever program/agency is favored by an individual, only gets the money it deserves from tax revenues. Deficits aren’t due to any one thing and getting rid of them should never come at the expense of an agency or program favored by our example individual, which bears a striking resemblance to everyone.

  • mivenho

    I’m enthusiastic about these proposed missions. I think we get great scientific and bang for the buck when NASA does planetary robotic science. Not to mention the boost in something we’ve been woefully lacking in recent years – national pride.

  • D K Rögnvald Williams

    “All these worlds are yours except Europa. Attempt no landings there.”

  • Wayne

    D K Rögnvald Williams:

    Excellent cultural Reference!

    “2010 Odyssey – Jupiter Ignition final scene”

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