Planetary scientists and engineers are working the trade-offs on a robotic mission to Europa that would map the big Jovian moon’s icy surface in high resolution, find a spot there that promises maximum science return, and then plunk down a lander for in-situ data gathering. There is a remote chance that it will find the first direct evidence of extraterrestrial life in the gunk extruded from the salt water ocean below. That would be a dream come true for Rep. John Culberson, the Texas ...


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