Massive lakes could lie beneath Jupiter moon

Hidden inside the thick, icy crust of Jupiter’s moon Europa may be a giant saltwater body. Lying about 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) from the surface, the ice-trapped lake may represent the newest potentially habitable environment in the solar system—and one of the best prospects for the search for life beyond Earth.

For decades scientists have thought Europa was a likely place for life, but now they have specific, exciting regions on the icy moon to focus their future studies. It’s possible for lake water to be only a few tens of meters of depth under the moon’s surface, meaning that there may be great opportunities to land and sample remnants of the salty ocean with relative ease. Learn more here or here.

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