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Europe Picks Jupiter Probe; Runners-Up Vow to Press On

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Science  11 May 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6082, pp. 658-659
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6082.658

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While American space scientists gaze on with envy, Europe is setting its sights on a solo run to Jupiter. Last week, the European Space Agency announced that it had chosen a €1 billion satellite to study three icy moons of Jupiter as its next major science mission, scheduled to be launched in 2022. Scientists believe the moons orbiting Jupiter are potentially homes of primitive life and could be models for life on planets and moons beyond our solar system.

  • * Edwin Cartlidge is a science writer in Rome.