EUROPA overview

 

Why Europa?

Europa was chosen as the primary focus for the first MAD-GFX collaborative project because it presented a unique environment on the edge of known science,  a setting we could root in recent NASA survey data and expand with imaginative creative licence.  The moon Europa offers a wide range of environments, from the frigid icy surface and sub-surface caves to the ocean depths below.

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Europa Descent Gameplay

The gameplay in Europa Descent is broken up into five unique modules.  Cinematic orbit and landing, surface and subsurface gameplay followed by submarine exploration through ice caves and finally into the depths of the ocean.

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Surface features

Europa has the smoothest surface of any known solid object in the Solar System. The apparent youth and smoothness of the surface have led to the hypothesis that a water ocean exists beneath it, which could conceivably harbor extraterrestrial life.

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Introduction Cinematics

Europa Descent will feature introduction cinematics (as shown above in Red), the following illustraitions highlight the key frames and narrative flow:

Introduction Music Development Breaking Up- Nico Laeser

Suggested Viewing

Jupiter's moon Europa may have an internal ocean of liquid water, plus the chemistry and energy life needs to exist. Robert Pappalardo, Europa Mission project scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, discusses NASA's plans to send a robotic mission to evaluate Europa's potential for life and address one of humanity's most fundamental questions: Are we alone in the universe?

Europa - Wiki Information

Europa /jʊəˈroʊpə/ yoo-ROH-pə, is the smallest of the four Galilean moons orbiting Jupiter, and the sixth-closest to the planet. It is also the sixth-largest moon in the Solar System. Europa was discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei and was named after Europa, the legendary mother of King Minos of Crete and lover of Zeus (the Greek equivalent of the Roman god Jupiter).

Slightly smaller than Earth's Moon, Europa is primarily made of silicate rock and has a water-ice crust and probably an iron–nickel core. It has a tenuous atmosphere composed primarily of oxygen. Its surface is striated by cracks and streaks, whereas craters are relatively rare. In addition to Earth-bound telescope observations, Europa has been examined by a succession of space probe flybys, the first occurring in the early 1970s.

The predominant scientific model suggests that heat from tidal flexing causes the ocean to remain liquid and drives ice movement similar to plate tectonics, absorbing chemicals from the surface into the ocean below. Sea salt from a subsurface ocean may be coating some geological features on Europa, suggesting that the ocean is interacting with the seafloor. This may be important in determining if Europa could be habitable. In addition, the Hubble Space Telescope detected water vapor plumes similar to those observed on Saturn's moon Enceladus, which are thought to be caused by erupting cryogeysers.

The Galileo mission, launched in 1989, provides the bulk of current data on Europa. No spacecraft has yet landed on Europa, although there have been several proposed exploration missions. The European Space Agency's Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE) is a mission to Ganymede that is due to launch in 2022, and will include two flybys of Europa. NASA's planned Europa Clipper will be launched in the mid-2020s.
Source: Wiki - Europa