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Public: Possible life makes Europa importance equal to Mars exploration

>From Jeff Foust's SpaceViews:


To quote in part:

Future missions to Europa, the icy moon of Jupiter
thought to harbor an ocean of liquid water beneath its
surface, should be equal in priority as exploration of
Mars, a panel of scientists note in a new report.

According to "A Scientific Strategy for the Exploration of Europa", a report
issued by the Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration (COMPLEX) of
the Space Studies Board, Europa is an "exciting body" that holds the
for major new discoveries in planetary science and possibly
extraterrestrial life.

"In light of these possibilities," the report noted, "COMPLEX feels justified
in assigning the future exploration of Europa a priority equal to that for the
future exploration of Mars."

The COMPLEX document online at this URL: