We’re one step closer to Europa.
We could find out in the next decade — thanks to NASA’s Europa Clipper mission.
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This week, NASA announced the completion of the main body of the Europa Clipper spacecraft. The announcement marks a major milestone on the way to its 2024 launch.
Johns Hopkins APL/Ed Whitman
The 10-foot-tall aluminum cylinder that makes up the body contains the spacecraft’s main components: radios and electronics, thermal loop tubing, and the propulsion system.
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Once finished, the Clipper will be the largest NASA spacecraft ever designed for an interplanetary mission.
Here are 5 new views of the Clipper’s main body:
5. The Clipper’s main body inside a shipping container as it traveled from APL to JPL — a distance of over 2600 miles.
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After its launch in 2024, the Clipper will take 6 years to reach Europa, which is approximately 1.8 billion miles from Earth.