NASA confirms Europa Clipper mission to study Jupiter's icy moon

It’s for this reason that NASA is keen to send a mission to concentrate on a careful study of Europa, but the moon lies squarely inside Juipter’s powerful radiation belt. An orbiter mission would soon find its electronics fried even with the heavy shielding, so the Europa Clipper is designed to make 45 flybys of Europa over a three-month period, passing at an altitude of 16 to 1,675 miles (25 to 2,700 km).

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