In light of last week's announcement of Hubble's detection of huge plumes of water vapor over Europa's south pole, this could be the motivation the world needs to send a life-hunting mission to Jupiter's mysterious icy moon. Continue reading →
Imagine a geyser hundreds of kilometers high. Sound crazy? Well, on Jupiter's moon they exist, and what these super geysers eject could give us invaluable insight into this unique, ice-covered planet.
Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have found plumes of water vapor shooting off the southern pole of Europa, an ice-covered moon of Jupiter that is believed to have an underground ocean.
The icy Jovian moon has a strange surface -- regions of flat ice interrupted by chaotic terrain. What causes the chaos? Europa's internal heat convection may hold the key. Continue reading →
The equator of Europa and other icy moons of Jupiter may have some especially bizarre, spiky landscapes that would be big trouble for landing spacecraft.
Europa has only been seen from afar, but its aura of intrigue has inspired scientists to study ideas as to how to explore the icy Jovian moon. Continue reading →
"Europa Report," that hits theaters on Friday, is a brilliant, gritty and intelligent story about the first manned mission to Europa. Continue reading →
What's the best way to explore Jupiter's icy moon Europa? If tests by British scientists and engineers are anything to go by, bombing its icy crust with a heavy bullet-shaped penetrator should do the trick. Continue reading →
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