Sorry HAL

I’ve been tough on Ars Technica for good reason, but here’s an excellent article on the most fascinating space exploration project of the modern era.

It’s the distant Jovian [aka Jupiterian] moon Europa, and it’s not just science-fiction writers that think it’s got stories to tell. NASA is on board and has major funding on the lock until at least 2020. Our engineers are going all out designing a very ambitious set of probes and lander to actually sit on this fantastic ocean-moon, map it, and orbit it for years. Amazing stuff!