Geysers on Europa

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Geysers on Europa
Posted by Iggle on Thursday, December 12, 2013 2:18 PM

Hubble has apparently identified geysers of water on Europa, similar to what is seen on Enceladus.

Here's the best article I have seen on this so far, from the Bad Astronomer.

I would think this would make the job easier for any mission going to Europa and searching for life.  Rather than drilling through kilometers of ice to get to the water, wouldn't they be able to simply sift through the "snow" around the geyser to look for organic molecules?  Presumably critters would get sucked out with the geyser to gently return along with the snow and ice.

 

Tags: Europa , geyser , life

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