NASA’s Europa Clipper may crash into Ganymede at mission’s end

Deep-space missions are usually investigating one-way trips, and that’s certainly true of NASA’s upcoming Europa Clipper mission, which, after the potential habitability of the icy Jovian moon, will end in an intentional crash.

But rather than plunging into Jupiter as had previously been planned, the spacecraft may now crash into Ganymede or Callisto, two of Jupiter’s Galilean moons, Europa Clipper mission project scientist Bob Pappalardo said at a June 15 meeting of the Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG).

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