Jupiter moon Europa 'has shallow lakes'

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Jupiter moon Europa 'has shallow lakes'

Post by falkor » Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:12 pm

Scientists have found the best evidence yet for water just beneath the surface of Jupiter's icy moon, Europa.

Analysis of the moon's surface suggests plumes of warmer water well up beneath its icy shell, melting and fracturing the outer layers.

The results, published in the journal Nature, predict that small lakes exist only 3km below the crust.
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Any liquid water could represent a potential habitat for life.

From models of magnetic forces, and images of its surface, scientists have long suspected that a giant ocean, roughly 160km (100 miles) deep, lies somewhere between 10-30km beneath the ice crust.

Many astrobiologists have dreamed of following in the footsteps of Arthur C Clarke's fictional character David Bowman, who, in the novel Odyssey Two, discovers aquatic life-forms in the deep Europan sea.

But punching holes through the moon's thick, icy outer layers has always seemed untenable.

The discovery of shallow liquid water by an American team makes a space mission to recover water from the moon much more plausible.

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The presence of shallow lakes also means that surface waters are probably vigorously mixing with deeper water.

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Re: Jupiter moon Europa 'has shallow lakes'

Post by mj12cz » Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:27 pm

Awsome article malc,

I think there is life closer to us than we thing, even if it is microscopic.

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Re: Jupiter moon Europa 'has shallow lakes'

Post by falkor » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:52 pm

microscopic life would blow our socks off I think Pat :D

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Re: Jupiter moon Europa 'has shallow lakes'

Post by mj12cz » Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:39 am

Yep, more so for a planet with out an athmosphere as such.

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Re: Jupiter moon Europa 'has shallow lakes'

Post by falkor » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:03 pm

2 years ago famed physicist Stephen Hawking said the Earth is doomed and mankind should flee to space.

Maybe Europa could be one landing zone to accomodate us?

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