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Europa Clipper Mission 

On Things to Come Webinar 

Speaker: Robert Pappalardo (NASA)
Wednesday, 12 May 2021 
9 am GMT+8

Watch it live on Bilibili here!

Credit: NASA


Exploring Europa with NASA’s Europa Clipper Mission 
Jupiter's moon Europa may be a habitable world.  Galileo spacecraft data suggest that a global ocean exists beneath its frozen ice surface. A scarcity of large craters argues for a young surface and recent geological activity, and magnetometry implies that a salty ocean exists today. Europa's ocean and its surface are inherently linked: tidal deformation of the floating ice shell generates stresses that fracture and deform the surface to create ridges and bands; and dark spots, domes, and chaos are probably related to tidally driven heating of the ice shell. Europa's activity may permit the ingredients necessary for life to be present within the satellite's ocean.  NASA’s Europa Clipper mission will explore Europa to investigate its habitability. The mission will employ a highly capable suite of instruments on a spacecraft that will make about 50 close flybys of Europa from Jupiter orbit, typically 25 – 100 km from Europa's surface.   The mission will interrogate the moon’s ice shell, ocean, composition, and geology, and it will seek current activity including putative plumes.  This talk will summarize our state of knowledge about Europa, and the science potential and status of the Europa Clipper mission.


About Robert Pappalardo

Dr. Robert Pappalardo is the Project Scientist for NASA’s Europa Clipper Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.  He has also served as the Project Scientist for the Cassini Equinox (first extended) Mission at Saturn, for which he received NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal.  He has served as a member of the National Research Council’s Space Studies Board and as Co-Chair of its Committee on the Origins and Evolution of Life. He received his B.A. in Geological Sciences from Cornell University in 1986, and he obtained his Ph.D. in Geology from Arizona State University in 1994. His research focuses on processes that have shaped the icy satellites of the outer solar system, especially Europa and the role of its probable subsurface ocean.

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4 pm (GMT+8)
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8 pm (GMT+8)
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4 pm (GMT+8)
Wang Chi – ESA SMILE Mission [YouTube/Youku]
25 November 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
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9 December 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Takehiko Satoh – JAXA Akatsuki Mission [YouTube/Bilibili]
18 December 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Olivier Witasse – ESA JUICE Mission [YouTube/Bilibili]
21 December 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Tomohiro Usui – JAXA MMX Mission [YouTube/Bilibili]
13 January 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Weiqun Gan – CAS ASO-S Mission [YouTube/Bilibili] 
27 January 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Giovanna Tinetti – ESA Ariel Mission [YouTube/Bilibili] 
24 February 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Johannes Benkhoff – ESA BepiColombo Mission I [YouTube/Bilibili] 
10 March 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Gabriele Cremonese – ESA BepiColombo Mission II  [YouTube/Bilibili] 
24 March 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Go Murakami – ESA BepiColombo Mission III [YouTube/Bilibili] 
7 April 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Yoshifumi Saito – ESA BepiColombo Mission IV [YouTube/Bilibili] 
14 April 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Daniel Mueller – ESA Solar Orbiter Mission I [YouTube/Bilibili] 
21 April 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Stefano Vitale – ESA LISA Mission [YouTube/Bilibili] 
6 May 2021
9 am (GMT+8)
Andy Cheng – NASA DART Mission Register
12 May 2021
9 am (GMT+8)
Robert Pappalardo – NASA Europa Clipper Register
19 May 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Saem Krucker – ESA Solar Orbiter Mission II
25 May 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Sami Solanki – ESA Solar Orbiter Mission III
2 June 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Athena Coustenis – ESA HRE Program
9 June 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Yuan Weimin – CAS Einstein Probe Mission
16 June 2021
10 am (GMT+8)
Evgenya Shkolnik – NASA SPARCS Mission
30 June 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
René Laurelijs – ESA EUCLID Mission
14 July 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Tomoko Arai – JAXA DESTINY Mission
21 July 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Micheal Küppers – HERA Mission
9 Sept. 2021
10 am (GMT+8)
Lindy Elkins-Tanton – NASA Psyche Mission



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