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Where to Look for Life on Jupiter’s Moon Europa

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is thought to be hiding a saltwater ocean beneath its thick outer crust, an exciting prospect for scientists searching for extraterrestrial life in our solar system.
A fresh look at decade-old observations from NASA’s Galileo mission could help researchers pick the ideal spot to probe Europa in the future to get an idea of what’s below its surface.
"We have found the regions where charged electrons and ions striking the surface would have done the most, and the least, chemical processing of materials emplaced at the surface from the interior ocean," J. Brad Dalton of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., said in a statement.
"That tells us where to look for materials representing the most pristine ocean composition, which would be the best places to target with a lander or study with an orbiter."

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Where to Look for Life on Jupiter’s Moon Europa

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is thought to be hiding a saltwater ocean beneath its thick outer crust, an exciting prospect for scientists searching for extraterrestrial life in our solar system.

A fresh look at decade-old observations from NASA’s Galileo mission could help researchers pick the ideal spot to probe Europa in the future to get an idea of what’s below its surface.

"We have found the regions where charged electrons and ions striking the surface would have done the most, and the least, chemical processing of materials emplaced at the surface from the interior ocean," J. Brad Dalton of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., said in a statement.

"That tells us where to look for materials representing the most pristine ocean composition, which would be the best places to target with a lander or study with an orbiter."

Read more: [x]

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