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Potential Science Objectives. Fall 2014. Innovative System Project for the Increased Recruitment of Emerging STEM Students. NASA’s Objectives for Europa. What are the characteristics of Europa’s ocean? How thick is the icy shell? Is there near-surface water within the shell?

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Potential science objectives

Potential Science Objectives

Fall 2014

Innovative System Project for the Increased Recruitment of Emerging STEM Students


Nasa s objectives for europa
NASA’s Objectives for Europa

What are the characteristics of Europa’s ocean?

How thick is the icy shell?

Is there near-surface water within the shell?

What is the global distribution of geological features?

Is liquid water involved in surface feature formation?

Is the icy shell warm and convecting?

What does the red stuff tell us about ocean composition?

How active is Europa today?

What is the plasma and radiation environment at Europa?

What is the specific nature of organics and salts at Europa?


Science objective categories
Science Objective Categories

Surface and Atmosphere

Internal Structure

Jupiter

Plumes


Science objective categories1
Science Objective Categories

  • Europa Atmosphere and Surface

    • Atmosphere properties & composition

    • Surface

      • Properties & composition

      • Dark areas

      • Comet/Asteroid impact

      • Age

      • Surface features (lineae, chaos, etc)

      • Magnetic field

      • Temperature

  • Plumes

    • Properties & composition

    • Biologicals (life)?

    • Velocity, mass flow, etc

  • Internal Europa

    • Internal structure

      • Subsurface ocean

      • Thick vs thin ice

      • Subsurface lakes

      • Connection with surface

    • Heat flow (temp)

    • Ice flows

  • Jupiter

    • Atmospheric properties and composition

    • Weather (wind speed, lightening, etc)

    • Storms

      • Great Red Spot

      • White Spot


Basically
Basically …

Two basic types of measurements:

Properties & Composition


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