NASA Sees First Mission to Jupiter Moon Europa as Tip of the Iceberg

NASA's highly anticipated mission to Europa in the next decade may be just the beginning of an ambitious campaign to study the Jupiter moon.
In the early to mid-2020s, NASA plans to launch a mission that will conduct dozens of flybys of Europa. Many astrobiologists regard the moon of Jupiter as the solar system's best bet to host life beyond Earth. Space agency officials hope this effort paves the way for future missions to Europa —including one that lands on the icy moon to search for signs of life.