> Anyway, at present, the only reason to go to Europa is to study
> the life there.*
I wouldn't say that. Getting there boosts the development of
the technologies that will allow us to go there with with the
deconstructor-bots in the future.
First you dismantle the moons of Jupiter, use the deuterium
in the oceans to fuel your thermonuclear reactors, then you
start hacking away at Jupiter. Comet catcher or not, that
planet has to go -- There is 10+ earth masses of usable
computronium at the bottom (not to mention the carbon in
the methane in the atmosphere).
If some people want to go study the phylogeny of Europian
bacteria, and it gets us a bit closer to disassembling
Jupiter then I'm all for it!
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