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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:51 PM
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Outer planets choice is narrowed (BBC) {missions to Titan, Europa, Ganymede?}
By Jonathan Amos
Science reporter, BBC News

Ambitious plans to send probes to the outer planets are being considered by US and European space officials.

One proposal envisages sending an orbiter to Saturn which would also drop a lander and a balloon on to the haze-shrouded moon Titan.

The other sees two separate orbiters despatched to investigate Jupiter and its icy moons - Europa and Ganymede.

Space agency officials will meet next week to decide which of the two plans should go forward for further study.

The respective space agencies' two top science executives, Ed Weiler (Nasa) and David Southwood (Esa), are expected to announce a "winner" in February.
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more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7842254.stm
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:53 PM
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1. For a week in Iraq they could fund all three lavishly.
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Phoonzang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:29 PM
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2. I'd like to go under the ice of Europa, but since
it only looks like Europa would get an orbiter, sounds like a Titan lander would be the best.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:52 PM
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3. What we need are semi-permanent orbiters around Saturn and Jupiter. n/t
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 02:01 PM
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4. Europaeuropaeuropaeuropa! (nt)
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 06:36 PM
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5. All thes worlds are ours except Europa
Attempt no landing there.
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laconicsax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-09 03:04 AM
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6. If it's still a moon orbiting a gas giant, that warning doesn't necessarily apply.
Chances are that there won't be any problem so long as the Chinese don't use it as a fueling station.
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