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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

Chance of Life, remastered

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, November 22, 2014/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, environment

Stanley Kubrick's ground-breaking SciFi epic, 2001, A Space Odyssey, captivated everyone to imagine life existing on Jupiter's moon  Europa . That curiosity hasn't been quenched by any actual observations but scientific measurements point to a habitable, global ocean circulating under the icy rind of the distant moon.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory  at Caltech has now remastered photography of icy Europa captured by the Galileo space probe with some stunning new views. The colored pits, streaks, and floating ice blocks look like gigantic pieces of a jig-saw puzzle covering the moon.

Europa, global view  (credit: JPL)

Europa, ice eruption pits  (credit:JPL)

Europa Fractured ice flows  (credit: JPL)

The photos themselves are amazing but the question still remains what lies beneath.


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