|Manu||Date: Monday, 02-May-2022, 12:18 PM | Message # 1|
|Water on Jupiter's moon closer to surface than thought: study|
by Daniel Lawler
The surface of Jupiter's moon Europa is criss-crossed with double ridges which are similar to those in Greenland's ice sheet.
Ridges that criss-cross the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa indicate there are shallow pockets of water beneath, boosting hopes in the search for extra-terrestrial life, scientists said Tuesday.
Europa has long been a candidate for finding life in our solar system due to its vast ocean, which is widely thought to contain liquid water—a key ingredient for life.
There is a problem: the ocean is predicted to be buried 25-30 kilometers (15-17 miles) beneath the moon's icy shell.
However water could be closer to the surface than previously thought, according to new research published in the journal Nature Communications.
read more/full article/source - https://phys.org/news/2022-04-jupiter-moon-closer-surface-thought.html