Bad Astronomy video: Going to Europa.

Bad Astronomy Video: Going to Europa

Bad Astronomy Video: Going to Europa

Bad Astronomy
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June 1 2015 12:07 PM

… Attempt No Landings There

Europa
All this world is yours.

Photo by NASA/JPL/DLR

Last week, NASA announced the scientific instruments that will be put on board a spacecraft bound for Jupiter’s moon Europa in the next decade. This is a solid mission that will map the moon in incredible detail, including making 3-D maps of the ice shell surrounding its undersurface ocean.

I’m pretty excited about this, which is why it’s the topic of this week’s Bad Astronomy Video:

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I wrote about this briefly last week, and the discussion took a turn for the unexpected when I got a sharp reminder of the bizarre nature of sexism online. We can travel billions of kilometers and explore strange, new worlds, but we still have a long way to go to make ours better as well. I like to think we are smart enough and good enough to do both at the same time.

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.