The Space Agency plans to provide assistance to California-based Mr Milner on the first private space mission, a journey to the mesmerizing but tiny moon that has passed the asteroid belt millions of miles away, according to New Scientist magazine
]] Agreements signed by NASA and the nonprofit Breakthrough Starshot of Milner in September, which were seen by New Scientist, show that the two organizations are working on scientific, technical and financial plans for the ambitious mission.
NASA has already committed more than £ 54,000 ($ 70,000) to spend on a concept study for a Flyby mission.
Breakthrough is not paid in cash – the number represents the Agency's own personnel costs for the project.
The teams work together to develop the project plan and concepts over the next year. [1
Europe, one of the at least 69 moons orbiting Jupiter, is often referred to as the best candidate for locating living organisms outside of our planet. This is mainly due to the fact that it almost certainly has a huge underwater sea.
The space agency is reasonably confident that it plans two billion-dollar missions to explore the icy planet over the next decade.
And Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons, which has a dense, nitrogen-rich atmosphere, is sometimes considered analistic to Earth billions of years ago.
However, he speaks at the National Geographic Explorers Festival 2018 (July 2018), the planetary scientist and NASA advertiser Visor Carolyn Porco said Enceladus was an even better candidate.
She stated, "I have an inclination, and I do not dispute that."
"But it's not so much an emotional attachment to objects that we study an evidence-based standpoint.
"We just know more about Enceladus.
"The Europeans really do not know that much.
"There is a lot of excitement, but at this point we speculate. Of course I would choose Enceladus.
Like Europe, Enceladus, which measures only 500 kilometers, has an underwater ocean – and a study that was published earlier this year in the journal Nature, has identified large organic molecules that travel from their interior to space spewed, as proof that the moon was a suitable environment for life.
The Breakthrough Initiatives project aims to answer the biggest questions about space, including the question of whether there is life on other planets.
Its board members include Mr. Milner and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Professor Stephen Hawking until his death in March.
Listed missions include an awning spaceship that reaches close to stars and develops technologies that also find Earth-like planets
New Scientist has reported that the Breakthrough Foundation, not NASA, would fund the mission to Enceladus.