Wireline deep drill for exploration of Mars, Europa, and Enceladus

  title={Wireline deep drill for exploration of Mars, Europa, and Enceladus},
  author={Kris Zacny and Gale Paulsen and Yoseph Bar-Cohen and Luther W. Beegle and Stewart Sherrit and Mircea Badescu and Boleslaw Mellerowicz and O. Rzepiejewska and Jack Craft and Shazad Sadick and Frank A. Corsetti and Y. S{\'a}ez de Ibarra and Xiaoqi Bao and Hyeong Jae Lee and Boris Abbey},
  journal={2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference},
One of the most pressing current questions in space science is whether life has ever arisen anywhere else in the universe. Water is a critical prerequisite for all life-as-we-know-it, thus the possible exploration targets for extraterrestrial life are bodies that have or had copious liquid: Mars, Europa, and Enceladus. Due to the oxidizing nature of Mars' surface, as well as subsurface liquid water reservoirs present on Europa and Enceladus, the search for evidence of existing life must likely… CONTINUE READING


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