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2011-11-16 13:05:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Data from a NASA planetary mission have provided scientists evidence of what appears to be a body of liquid water, equal in volume to the North American Great Lakes, beneath the icy surface of Jupiter's moon, Europa. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The data suggest there is significant exchange between Europa's icy shell and the ocean beneath. This information could bolster arguments that Europa's global...

Image 1 - Large Body Of Water Found On Jupiter's Moon Europa
2011-11-16 12:54:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video ] Scientists from The University of Texas at Austin said they have discovered a body of liquid water the volume of the North American Great Lakes inside one of Jupiter's moons. The team said that the water could represent a potential habitat for life, and many more lakes might exist throughout the shallow regions of Europa's shell. The lake is covered by floating ice shelves that appear to be collapsing, which...

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2010-06-20 07:31:31

One might find that Jupiter's moon Europa to have extraterrestrial life after fossil-hunting on the icy surface. "A prospector sent there could possibly find extraterrestrial life within our lifetimes," planetary scientist Richard Greenberg at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson told Space.com. A global ocean that may be about 100 miles deep envelops Europa.  An icy crust of unknown thickness overlies this ocean, although some estimates say that it is...

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2008-05-19 13:57:51

Curved features on Jupiter's moon Europa may indicate that its poles have wandered by almost 90°, report scientists from the Carnegie Institution, Lunar and Planetary Institute, and University of California, Santa Cruz in the 15 May issue of Nature. Such an extreme shift suggests the existence of an internal liquid ocean beneath the icy crust, which could help build the case for Europa as possible habitat for extraterrestrial life.The research team, which included Isamu Matsuyama of the...