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Europa's Ocean May Have An Earthlike Chemical Balance


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Europa surface

This enhanced-color view from NASA's Galileo spacecraft shows an intricate pattern of linear fractures on the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ SETI Institute

A new NASA study modeling conditions in the ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa suggests that the necessary balance of chemical energy for life could exist there, even if the moon lacks volcanic hydrothermal activity.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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