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Grad Students win proposal for Europa Clipper concept study

Posted: October 3, 2014

Grad Students win proposal for Europa Clipper concept study

Doctoral Student Casey Steuer wrote a winning proposal to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for a $25,000 grant.

The proposal is entitled, “Europa Clipper Concept Study: Characterizing Subsurface Oceans with a CubeSat Magnetometer Payload.”

The team working on the project includes Assistant Research Scientist Xianzhe Jia, Doctoral Student Nathan Boll and Aerospace Professor James Cutler. Professor Nilton Renno’s AOSS 582 students will also help out, and Professor Aaron Ridley gives the group guidance.

According to the JPL website, the Europa Clipper is a concept under study by NASA that would conduct detailed reconnaissance of Jupiter's moon Europa and would investigate whether the icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.

Steuers group will research how CubeSats could work with the Clipper to gather better spatial data.

“I think this project is a great opportunity to think outside the box and potentially try new things,” Steuer says.

To learn more about the Europa Clipper, please visit JPL.

(Image Credit: jpl.nasa.gov)

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