mei 032012
Jupiter's icy moons are Europe's next large science mission

  Jupiter’s icy moons are the focus of Europe’s next large science mission, ESA announced. Artist’s impression of JUICE   The Jupiter Icy moons Explorer – JUICE – was selected over two other candidates: NGO, the New Gravitational wave Observatory, to hunt for gravitational waves, and ATHENA, the Advanced Telescope for High-Energy Astrophysics. JUICE is [continue reading]

apr 022012
How Deep Must Life Hide to be Safe on Europa?

  Jupiter’s icy moon is subject to constant and significant blasts of radiation. A new experiment attempts to determine how deep life must lay beneath the crust in order to survive. This will be important for future missions looking for life on Europa. Considered one of the best potential sources for extraterrestrial life in the [continue reading]

mrt 022012
Acidic Europa May Eat Away at Chances for Life

Summary: Oxidants from the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa’s might react with sulfides and other compounds in the moon’s ocean, generating acids. This could make the ocean too acidic to support life as we know it. Model of Europa’s interior. The moon is thought to have a metallic core surrounded by a rocky interior, and [continue reading]