NASA has selected Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy booster to launch a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa. About it informs American space agency.
The contract is worth $ 178 million and is scheduled for October 2024.
Europe is located at a distance of about 630 million kilometers from the Earth. The journey is expected to take over five years.
Exploration of the moon of Jupiter is one of the top priorities for NASA, as Europa has a huge amount of salt water, which is contained under its icy surface. The Europa Clipper spacecraft will take images of the surface, determine the composition of the satellite and check its geological activity to determine if there are conditions suitable for life.