NASA’s Juno spacecraft will peer beneath Europa’s icy crust

On September 29, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will make the closest flyby of Jupiter’s frozen moon Europa in over 20 years as the spacecraft embarks on a mission to probe Europa’s ice deeply for pockets of liquid water.

Europe contains a global ocean under a solid crust of ice, making this moon one of the most intriguing places in the world solar system to look for extraterrestrial life is one of absolute priority of astrobiologists. While Juno won’t be able to tell us if Europa is harboring alien life, she will teach us more about the moon’s icy crust, such as how thick it is and if there are underground pockets of liquid water that could reach the surface.

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