NASA's $3 billion slice from its FY '07 science budget has left its high-priority mission to look for life on Jupiter's icy moon Europa in the poorhouse, but agency-backed engineers and astrobiologists are rich in ideas for how to explore Europa if the money ever comes through. At the annual Astrobiology Science Conference in Washington this week, NASA announced plans to restore some of the 50 percent cut in FY '07 funding for astrobiology. But while the extra funds will allow the ...

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