Europa Clipper Mission to Jupiter Gets $600M in NASA’s 2020 Budget Request

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NASA’s Europa Clipper mission could receive $600 million for the fiscal year that begins in October, according to budget request documents released Monday (March 11) by President Donald Trump’s administration.

Those documents also suggest that NASA will look to launch the spacecraft on a commercial rocket, rather than on a government rocket, which the administration states would save more than $700 million.

In case you are keeping track:

The president’s NASA budget slashes programs and cancels a powerful rocket upgrade

The president’s budget request for NASA maintains the administration’s focus on sending astronauts back to the Moon within the next decade, and it gives the space agency $21 billion for fiscal year 2020. But while that top-line budget is a slight increase from what the president requested for NASA last year, it’s ultimately a decrease from the $21.5 billion the agency actually received in 2019.

Despite that, NASA is touting the request as good for the agency, claiming it’s on target to send humans to the Moon by 2028. ‘I am very happy to tell you that NASA’s budget request from the president of United States is strong,’ NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a speech today. ‘And we have strong bipartisan support and both chambers of Congress.’

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  • Publisher: The Verge
  • Date: 2019-03-11T16:05:07-04:00
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NASA to replace Europa Clipper instrument

WASHINGTON ‘ NASA has removed an instrument previously selected for the Europa Clipper mission, citing cost growth, but will seek ways to replace it with a less complex design.

In a March 5 statement, NASA said that it would no longer pursue development of the Interior Characterization of Europa Using Magnetometry (ICEMAG) instrument, a magnetometer designed to measure the magnetic field around the icy moon of Jupiter. ICEMAG was one of nine instruments originally selected by NASA in 2015 for development for the Europa Clipper mission.

NASA said that the increasing cost of ICEMAG, still in its preliminary design phase, led to its removal from the mission. ‘I believe this decision was necessary as a result of continued, significant cost growth and remaining high cost risk for this investigation,’ Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, said in a memo.

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  • Date: 2019-03-06T04:40:36-04:00
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NASA Seeks New Options for Science Instrument on Europa Clipper

NASA has decided to replace the current magnetometer on the upcoming Europa Clipper mission with a less complex instrument. The Europa Clipper mission, launching in the 2020s, will be the first dedicated and detailed study of a probable ocean world beyond Earth.

The mission’s initial planned magnetometer, called Interior Characterization of Europa Using Magnetometry, or ICEMAG, will not fly with the spacecraft because of cost concerns. Instead, NASA will seek options for a simpler version of this instrument. ICEMAG currently is in its preliminary design phase, and its flight hardware hasn’t been built yet.