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NASA's Europa Clipper spacecraft is in its final stages of assembly and will launch in October 2024 on a six-year journey to Jupiter's moon Europa. The mission aims to explore the potential habitability of Europa and investigate its chemistry and metabolism.
We're trying to understand the potential habitability of Europa, says NASA project scientist Robert Pappalardo. Is it a place that has the ingredients for life, the conditions for life? What is its chemistry like? Its metabolism?
Ada Limon, U.S. Poet Laureate, wrote a verse in honor of Europa and the mission, capturing the awe and longing for answers about the existence of extraterrestrial life. The spacecraft's arrival in the Jovian system in 2030 holds the potential to answer the question of whether we are alone in the universe or if we have company.
Come 2030, when the spacecraft arrives in the Jovian system, call out through the dark it willperhaps answering the long-compelling question of whether we are all alone in a cold and vast universe or if somewhere out there we have company.