A confluence of scientific discovery and a stable of powerful backers on Capitol Hill has given a boost to the prospects of a robotic mission to study Jupiter’s frozen moon Europa. In its just-released bill and report on NASA’s fiscal 2015 budget request, the House Appropriations subcommittee that sets spending levels for the agency boosts funding for planetary science, which was cut after the successful landing of the nuclear-powered Curiosity rover on Mars in August 2012. The ...


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