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NASA Names Next Jupiter Mission Europa Clipper

By Editor 11 March 2017

The Europa Clipper spacecraft is the formal name of NASA's scheduled mission to orbit and observe Jupiter's moon Europa.The mission will tour the moon from orbit.
Scheduled to launch in 2020, the spacecraft is named after a type of sailing ship developed in the 19th century.Clippers were fast for their times, with a narrow hull for their long frames.However, the space fairing vessel will not be taking tea out into the solar system, like the trading ships of old.Instead, the Europa Clipper will conduct at least 40 flybys of Jupiter's moon as it gathers data and images.