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Updated: Jun 25, 2022

𝚂𝚊𝚕𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚎𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚜𝚌𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚜𝚝 𝚍𝚊𝚢!

Caltech / Europa Clipper | JUICE 2018

Image credit : Paul Myer Hopkins

Day two draws particular attention to Dr Robert Pappalardo, the project scientist for NASA's extraordinary flagship mission and spacecraft — THE EUROPA CLIPPER.

Europa was the first moon I started researching in 2017.

I contacted Dr Pappalardo that year, hoping to consult with a specialist to help accurately describe the science and characteristics of Europa. He replied, saying my project sounded interesting and agreed to talk.

Our conversations were lively and diverse. While discussing magnetometers and induced magnetic fields, we spoke about musical devices to help transport us to Europa's fascinating world.

Pizzicato on strings and glissandos on harps helped emulate Europa's crisp, shiny, ice crust. Using the bold colour of brass helps convey the urgency of this mission and why this moon is a compelling target for a flagship mission from NASA.


Experience the icy mysteries of Europa's oceanic world and the Europa Clipper Spacecraft

Europa has been tantalizing scientists for decades after leaking trails of promising signs that a global subsurface ocean may exists beneath its 20km ice shell which may contain the right conditions to foster microbial life.

Europa is the NEW Goldilocks zone, after all.

David. W. Brown has written a fascinating account about the backstory of this space mission called "The Mission: A True Story", where Dr Pappalardo is a leading character. Below is the link.

"The Mission: A True Story" by David. W. Brown

Caltech / Europa Clipper | JUICE 2018

Image credit : Paul Myer Hopkins

Thank you, Dr Pappalardo, for providing so many fantastic opportunities to present at various science meetings and for your help in understanding this captivating moon, Europa.

Clipper | JUICE meeting EPSC/Geneva 2019

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