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September 5, 1995
Europa: Ancient Water World
Beneath the cold icy surface of
Europa are probably the only oceans of water in our
Solar System outside of
Earth. These oceans,
possibly 50 kilometres deep, might also be the most likely local place
to find extra-terrestrial life.
Europa's smooth surface is unlike any
other known planet or moon, giving evidence for relatively few craters or
Europa was discovered by
Marius in 1610. The
NASA spacecraft Galileo
is scheduled to arrive at Jupiter in December of 1995.
Tomorrow's picture: Callisto: Dark Smashed Iceball
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