Cue, "Also sprach Zarathustra."
Funny how real life follows art, isn't it? In the movies, Europa is placed off limits by the guardians who seek to protect whatever is swimming in the ocean below the icy surface. Here in our world, $3,8B and 17 years of development will keep us away.
Much like the bloated Rube Goldberg machine called Mars Science Laboratory, the minions are designing an almost six ton monster that will launch in 2020 and go into orbit in 2026.
The real mission, landing on Europa and submarining under the ice to look for whales, is still further off. No wonder school kids don't care anymore. When considering this kind of planning, footprints on Mars starts to look relatively close.
Cue, "Alan Stern."