Solar-Powered Europa Clipper Could Fly Safety Through Plumes

TORONTO – Engineers helping NASA develop a solar-powered mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa have concluded the proposed spacecraft, with a solar array/magnetometer boom combination 22 meters wide, could pass through the plumes of water ice that may be erupting from cracks in the frozen surface and stay on course.
 
Thomas Magner of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory told a symposium on Solar System exploration at the 65th International Astronautical Congress here that the “Europa Clipper” project passed i

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David Pflieger is working as the CEO of Island Air, located in Hawaii. David received his pilot training in the United States Air Force, and has since held multiple positions with different airlines, for over 20 years!

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