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July 6-12, 2015 / Vol 34, No 27 / Hawai`i Island, USA

3 Jul 2015, 18:03 UTC
July 6-12, 2015 / Vol 34, No 27 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Jupiter / Saturn Systems Mission Planning and the Search for Life

The second week of July “Space Month” overflows with excitement as New Horizons prepares for its close encounter with the Pluto system, Juno passes the 1-year mark from Jupiter insertion, and the USA and Europe solidify plans to visit the diverse water / ice / volcanic / rocky moons at the planetary center of the Solar System. On July 11 the University of Oxford, United Kingdom hosts Think Tank 2015 with the theme The Search for Extraterrestrial Life: Europa and Enceladus: The Challenges Ahead. Main topics will revolve around cost, funding, benefits and the current state of our knowledge for this strategic and comprehensive Solar System research. As stated by Dr. Alex Rogers (L-R), University of Oxford Department of Zoology, “This is not just about whether or not life is found, but also the benefits in terms of human and technical advance.” Some experts speaking at the conference will be Dr. Chris McKay (NASA Ames), Dr. Bill Stone (Stone Aerospace, Shackleton Energy Company), Dr. Andy Clarke (British Antarctic Survey), Dr. Kris Zacny (Honeybee Robotics) and Dr. Sanjay Vijendran (ESA Ice Penetrator Project). Proposals have been made for landers, orbiters ...

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