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Scientists Helped Design NASA Mission Concept to Search for Life on Europa

Scientists Helped Design NASA Mission Concept to Search for Life on Europa

Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics helped develop a blueprint for a possible future NASA lander mission to Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter that has a global ocean covered by an ice shell. Europa’s large reservoir of liquid water has long enchanted planetary scientists with the possibility of harboring…   » Continue Reading

Scientists Discover New Site of Potential Instability in West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Scientists Discover New Site of Potential Instability in West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Using ice-penetrating radar instruments flown on aircraft, a team of scientists from the U.S. and U.K. have uncovered a previously unknown sub-glacial basin nearly the size of New Jersey beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) near the Weddell Sea. The location, shape and texture of the mile-deep basin suggest that this region of the…   » Continue Reading

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.