The more we learn about Europa, the greater its allure. Galileo Galilei discovered Jupiters four largest moons in 1610, and in the intervening centuries Europa, the smallest of them, has revealed itself as a likely harbor for liquid waterand maybe even life. Last week NASA took tentative steps toward sending a robotic mission therea goal long lauded by planetary scientists. But exploring Europa presents some serious technological, financial and political challenges.
The science fiction version of Jupiter's moon is a pseudo-documentary in the "found footage" style. It won't blow your mind, because after all it's fiction; but it does a decent job of capturing the excitement of scientific exploration without falling back on the tropes of humanoid aliens with funny foreheads or instant hostilities. If you're interested in science and space exploration, this will keep you entertained for an evening. If your main interest in aliens is blowing them into small pieces, you can skip this one.
This entry was published Mon May 05 13:52:21 CDT 2014 by Matthew
and last updated 2014-05-01 02:32:08.0.