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Water on Jupiter's moon closer to surface than thought
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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.

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