REMOTE

The Importance of My Job

Congratulations, you have been chosen as the Remote (REM) officer for this important mission. Your job is to determine the best place for the probe to impact the surface of Europa, Jupiter’s icy moon. You will analyze three locations in hopes of determining which location provides the best opportunity to find signs of potential life on Europa. 

You will need to follow every step on this page, without skipping a single step. If you find at any point that the readings from the spacecraft are not safe, you must inform the crew! 

You will be communicating with other teams using the CHAT and your MICROPHONE.

When using CHAT you will see your messages and directions in Purple. Make sure you use the drop down menu to select the correct team you want to send the message to.  Once you have typed it in the CHAT, make sure to hit Enter so that the team receives it.

When using the MICROPHONE your directions and reading will be in Green .  Unmute your MICROPHONE, read your message and make sure you mute after.

 

RESEARCH

Follow these directions for researching potential IMPACT SITES

 

  1. Read the notes from the previous Remote officer by clicking on the box labeled NOTES.
    NOTES

    Several independent lines of evidence have led scientists to conclude that Europa almost certainly has a global ocean of salty liquid water beneath its icy crust. Europa’s rocky interior lies between the moon’s core and the ocean layer. As Europa flexes due to the gravity of Jupiter, ocean water might seep into the uppermost portion of the rocky layer to be heated and interact chemically with the rock, loading the water with minerals and organic (carbon-containing) compounds as it flows back into the bottom of the ocean through cracks or fissures. Such a process could supply the ocean with building blocks for life, and with materials that could serve as food for simple organisms.

    Below the list of steps there is an IMPACT SITE DATA LOG. In this IMPACT SITE DATA LOG, you will be recording information you collect from the Mission Commander in the future.

     2. Answer the IMPACT SITE RESEARCH QUESTIONS below. You may need this information later in the mission. Make sure to write it down on the Notepad provided or your own notes. Click “Submit” when you finish answering the questions.

        IMPACT SITE RESEARCH QUESTIONS

        OPEN RESEARCH QUESTIONS

        Notepad

        IMPACT SITE

        Follow these directions for researching and analyzing potential IMPACT SITES

        1. Read the information on Europa’s surface features and tectonic activity by clicking on the box labeled SURFACE FEATURES

          SURFACE FEATURES

          The surface of Europa appears to be very fresh and young by geological standards, less than 100 million years old. Because of tidal heating, Europa could have active venting of water vapor. Europa also has a fractured appearance resulting from flexing of the moon’s surface as it circles Jupiter on its oval-shaped orbit. The fractures open, close, and slide past each other with each orbit where the stress from the flexing is the highest. In the past, the surface appears to have pulled open along some cracks and ridges, allowing huge tracts of warmer icy material to well up into the new gap and creating banded patterns. Other features called “chaos” probably formed as slightly warmer blobs of ice and/or water migrated upward within the ice shell, eventually breaking apart the surface. Chaos features typically appear as regions that are reddish non-ice material along cracks and within areas where the surface has been deformed.

          2. Locate the MICROPHONE.  Unmute and read the following message:

          “The REM team has a message for the Mission Commander. Please send the download code for the potential probe impact sites as soon as possible.”

          3. Mute the MICROPHONE.

          4. Once the Mission Commander has sent you the download code for the potential probe impact sites type it in the NOTEPAD.   open the IMPACT SITE DATA LOG and type in the code. Click “Next”. 

          SITE SELECTION

          1.  You will be receiving recommendations for probe impact sites by the OCEAN and SPACE WEATHER teams. Take these recommendations into account as you make your final decision for the probe impact site. 

          2. Enter recommendations from Ocean and Space Weather in the SITE RECOMMENDATION form below.  

          3. If there are differences in site recommendations, use the CHAT to discuss the differences and decide on a site. 

          4. You may need this information later in the mission. Make sure to write it down on the Notepad provided or your own notes.

           

          SITE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OCEAN AND SPACE WEATHER

          Notepad

          IMPACT SITE DATA LOG

          OPEN DATA LOG

          Notepad

          PROBE LAUNCH CODE

          Follow these directions for sending the probe launch code to the PROBE team:

          1. When a probe impact site is selected, open the PROBE LAUNCH DATA LOG below. You may need this information later in the mission. Make sure to write it down on the Notepad provided or your own notes.

           

          PROBE LAUNCH DATA LOG

          OPEN DATA LOG

          2. Locate the CHAT and send the following message to the “PROBE” team: 

          The Probe Launch Code is ________________________.

          3. When the Probe Launch Code has been sent, select “Yes” on the PROBE LAUNCH DATA LOG, then click “Submit.”

          Notepad

          COORDINATES

          Follow these directions to complete further research on Europa’s surface:

          1. After sending the Probe Launch Code to the PROBE Team, scroll down to the COORDINATES DATA LOG to complete research for future Europa missions.You may need this information later in the mission. Make sure to write it down on the Notepad provided or your own notes. Click “Submit” when you finish the research questions.

           

          COORDINATES DATA LOG

          OPEN DATA LOG

          Notepad

          COORDINATES

          Follow these directions to complete further research on Europa’s surface:

          2. Once this is completed, unmute the MICROPHONE and send the following message to “Everyone“:

          “The REM team has completed all their tasks.”

          3. Mute the MICROPHONE and continue on to your next training for Mars analysis.

           

          MARS ROVER TRAINING

          The next mission will be to analyze the surface of Mars.  To begin training go to Rover Coder to practice your coding on rovers and to learn more about Mars.

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