To infinity and beyond! Well, to the middle-outer reaches of the solar system, anyway. If we can afford it. The National Research Council’s top recommendations for big space missions in the next decade:
- visit Mars to determine if it ever had life
- visit Jupiter’s moon, Europa, which likely has a liquid ocean underneath its icy surface that may harbor life
- check out the atmosphere of ice giant, Uranus
I got a little excited when I saw the title of the TechNewsWorld article, thinking we were planning manned visits to Mars and Europa, but alas these visits would all be carried out with unmanned probes. Still, these missions would bring back important information about our nearest neighbors and the potential for life beyond Earth.