Saturday, November 22, 2014

The beautiful and mysterious solar system


NASA has just released a new high resolution image of Jupiter's moon, Europa.

From the NASA article (from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) accompanying the release of the image: "Hidden beneath Europa's icy surface is perhaps the most promising place in our solar system beyond Earth to look for present-day environments that are suitable for life. The Galileo mission found strong evidence that a subsurface ocean of salty water is in contact with a rocky seafloor. The cycling of material between the ocean and ice shell could potentially provide sources of chemical energy that could sustain simple life forms."