NASA is planning a mission to one of Jupiter's moons to see if conditions there can support life, Bobak Ferdowsi, the flight engineer who became the Internet sensation "mohawk guy," told CNBC .
Europa is one of the bigger of Jupiter's 62 known moons and is covered by an icy layer which has an ocean underneath. Scientists believe Europa could be one of the best bets for finding alien life in the solar system.
"There are conditions, there are likely chemistry, there's warmth. All the things that we think are necessary for life, it looks like they exist in Europa," Ferdowsi, a flight engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, told CNBC in an interview at the Pioneers Festival tech show in Vienna on Friday.
The mission is not official yet but earlier this year the project got $30 million funding from the White House, bringing it closer to reality.
But the plans could get tricky. Unlike the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars in 2012, NASA will not be able to land anything on Europa's surface due to the uncertainty over the conditions on the ice.
"We know that there's probably an ocean below the ice, we don't know how thick the ice is...so these are technical issues we want to solve," Ferdowsi explained.