22 May 2018
SPACE reports that NASA “has asked scientists to submit their ideas for instruments” on the agency’s Europa Lander. According to a tweet by NASA Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA is accepting submissions through August 24. In contrast to the agency’s Europa Clipper mission, the Europa lander “is on less solid ground; it’s a concept at this point, not an officially approved mission.” According to a NASA “solicitation, the lander’s entire scientific payload would have a maximum mass of 73 lbs,” and would be expected to operate on Europa’s surface for 20 days. Any instruments for the lander “must be at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 by the end of 2022.” (Image Credit: NASA)
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