Europa SUrface Dust Analyzer

The Europa Surface Dust Analyzer is a LASP-built instrument that will be part of NASA's Flagship Europa Clipper mission. Measuring the composition of cosmic dust provides unique insight into the physical and chemical conditions at its origin. SUDA will detect a wide variety of compounds in the dust environment around Europa and connect them to their origin on the surface. This allows simultaneous compositional mapping of many organic and inorganic components, including both major and trace compounds, with a single instrument.

Science Target:


Science Focus:

Galilean Moons, Interstellar Dust, Planetary Dust

Instrument Type:

In situ: Particles

Instrument Site:

The gold colored SUDA sensor head is shown resting on a table in a clean room, seen in the center left of this image. The cover to the senor head is closed, and to the right a small, silver electronics box is visible. Combined, the pieces make up the entire SUDA instrument. The background space in the clean room is lit up purple.

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