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Model Suggests Ocean Currents Shape Europa’s Icy Shell in Ways Critical for Potential Habitats

Model Suggests Ocean Currents Shape Europa’s Icy Shell in Ways Critical for Potential Habitats

In a finding of relevance to the search for life in our solar system, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research have shown that the subsurface ocean on Jupiter’s moon Europa may have deep currents and circulation…   » Continue Reading

Space Scientists Say “Hasta La Vista” to Asteroid Vesta with Release of Citizen Science Project

To celebrate the successful exploration of Vesta, Dawn mission scientists and engineers will share mission stories and answer questions submitted via Facebook, Twitter and email in a live, interactive video event.

Scientists Find Evidence for “Great Lake” on Europa and Potential New Habitat for Life

Scientists Find Evidence for “Great Lake” on Europa and Potential New Habitat for Life

In a significant finding in the search for life beyond Earth, scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and elsewhere have discovered what appears to be a body of liquid water the volume of the North American Great Lakes locked inside the icy shell of Jupiter's moon Europa. The water could represent a potential habitat for life. The authors speculate many more such lakes might exist throughout the shallow regions of Europa's shell.