NASA has plans to launch a satellite headed to Europa! The Europa Clipper is planned to complete 45 flybys around Europa at varying heights above the surface (16 miles to 1,700 miles) and collect crucial data about Jupiter’s large moon. Scientists are hoping to gather information about the planet’s icy crust, its depth, and what lies underneath; astronomers are fairly certain that an ocean exists under the thick ice. Nine scientific instruments will be aboard this satellite and will measure the planet’s magnetic field (to determine size and salinity of the underground ocean), temperature, and composition. These characteristics will hopefully help astronomers and scientists weigh the possibility of life existing somewhere on Europa. These findings will also help astronomers make the decision of what comes next? If the satellite discovers a habitat conducive to living organisms, NASA may want to start planning for another trip to Europa; this time, to drill into the icy surface and make observations about the watery depths.