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2007-02-23 13:05:00

BERKELEY "“ While NASA and the European Space Agency focus on Mars rovers and future missions to search for life on the Red Planet, a determined core of scientists is lobbying for equal attention to a place they feel is just as likely to harbor life - Jupiter's icy moon Europa. "Because of the well-supported presence of water ice on Europa and the probability that there are briny oceans, Europa has to be a major target for the search for life in the solar system," said paleobiologist...

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2007-02-12 09:20:00

Astronomers from the University of Virginia and other institutions have found that Enceladus, the sixth-largest moon of Saturn, is a "cosmic graffiti artist," pelting the surfaces of at least 11 other moons of Saturn with ice particles sprayed from its spewing surface geysers. This ice sandblasts the other moons, creating a reflective surface that makes them among the brightest bodies in the solar system (Enceladus, itself a ball of mostly ice, is the single most reflective body in our solar...

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2006-12-14 15:15:00

By ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer SAN FRANCISCO - New research casts doubt on the existence of water near the surface of a tiny Saturn moon "” a finding that, if confirmed, could set back the hunt for extraterrestrial life. Earlier this year, the international Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn caused a stir when it spied what appeared to be Yellowstone-like geysers spouting from the south pole of Enceladus. Scientists speculated the eruptions were driven by shallow pools of water...

2006-03-06 11:47:22

LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Everyday ice used to chill that glass of lemonade has helped researchers better understand the internal structure of icy moons in the far reaches of the solar system. A research team has demonstrated a new kind of "creep" or flow in a high-pressure form of ice by creating in a laboratory the conditions of pressure, temperature, stress, and grain size that mimic those in the deep interiors of large icy moons. High-pressure phases of ice are major components of the giant...

2003-10-25 06:00:00

Sounding Europa On the Cheap: Eavesdropping On Ice Geological Society of America -- Forget drilling. A simpler and cheaper way to search for an ocean under Europa's glacial surface is to land a solitary electronic ear on the Jovian moon, and listen to the echoes of cracking ice. By applying a technique already tested on Arctic Sea ice, a single "geophone" listening device could reveal how the icy moon's surface flexes, cracks and quakes with tidal forces. Just how the resulting vibrations...


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