A science instrument developed by UTIG’s Dr. Don Blankenship and his research group has been selected as one of nine such instruments to be used on a future NASA mission to Europa.
According to a press release from NASA, the Radar for Europa Assessment and Sounding: Ocean to Near-surface (REASON) is a dual-frequency ice penetrating radar instrument that is designed to characterize and sound Europa’s icy crust from the near-surface to the ocean, revealing the hidden structure of Europa’s ice shell and potential water within. Dr. Blankenship is the principal investigator for REASON.
On May 26, NASA announced its selection of nine science instruments from among 33 proposals submitted during 2014. The mission to Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter, is expected to launch sometime in the 2020s and seeks to investigate whether Europa could harbor conditions suitable for life.