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Space Dynamics Lab Delivers Technology for Mission to Discover Ingredients for Life on Europa

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory announced today that it has delivered a crucial subsystem to support NASA’s interplanetary mission to determine the habitability of Jupiter’s Galilean moon Europa. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the mission, called Europa Clipper.

Space Dynamics Lab assembly.
In this March 3 photo, Space Dynamics Laboratory engineers prepare the Mapping Imaging Spectrometer for Europa instrument Radiator Cryocooler Mount Assembly for NASA’s Europa Clipper mission for shipment from SDL to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The MISE RCM is a thermal management system that will be integrated on Europa Clipper—a spacecraft that will determine the habitability of Jupiter’s Galilean moon Europa. (Credit: Allison Bills/Space Dynamics Laboratory).

The search for life beyond our home planet—it’s one of NASA’s primary ambitions because to understand humanity’s place in the universe, we must discover if Earth is the only place where life exists.