A Closer Look at Europa; Jupiter’s Smallest Galilean Satellite

You may be wondering what’s so special about Jupiter’s moon Europa.  NASA is very interested in this moon as a potentially habitable part of our solar system.  NASA’s second look of the returned data from the Saturn/Cassini mission shows massive water vapor plumes that may indicate a massive ocean under the icy surface of Europa.  A soft landing of a tiny submarine (a tool already in development) could help NASA search the oceans of Europa and search for life in what many scientists are calling the best chance for harboring life beyond Earth.

Check out some additional amazing facts about Europa in this infographic provided by space.com.

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