Europa

‘Vulnerable’ Earth-Like Planets Could Survive With Friction: Study

by Elizabeth Howell July 9, 2014

If you’re a potentially habitable world orbiting in a zone where liquid water can exist — and then a rude gas giant planet happens to disturb your orbit — that could make it difficult or impossible for life to survive. But even in the newly eccentric state, a new study based on simulations shows that […]

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A New Image of Europa Emerges

by Jason Major July 9, 2014

Eureka – it’s Europa! And a brand-new image of it, too! (Well, kinda sorta.) The picture above, showing the icy moon’s creased and cracked surface, was made from images acquired by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft during its exploration of Jupiter and its family of moons in 1997 and 1998. While the data itself isn’t new per se the […]

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An Ocean On Pluto’s Moon? Hopeful Scientists Will Keep An Eye Out For Cracks

by Elizabeth Howell June 13, 2014

It’s a lot of speculation right now, but the buzz in a new NASA study is Pluto’s largest moon (Charon) could have a cracked surface. If the New Horizons mission catches these cracks when it whizzes by in 2015, this could hint at an ocean underneath the lunar surface — just like what we talk […]

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NASA Seeks Ideas for Mission to Europa

by Shannon Hall May 5, 2014

Europa — a moon of Jupiter first discovered by Galileo — never ceases to surprise and amaze astronomers and amateurs alike. Last December astronomers announced water plumes erupting 100 miles high from the moon’s icy south pole. It was the best evidence yet that Europa, heated internally by the powerful tidal forces generated by Jupiter’s […]

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Weekly Space Hangout – March 7, 2014: Cosmos Premiere & NASA Budget

by Fraser Cain March 7, 2014

Host: Fraser Cain Astrojournalists: David Dickinson, Matthew Francis, Casey Dreier, Jason Major, Brian Koberlein, Alan Boyle This week’s stories: Alan Boyle (@b0yle, cosmiclog.com ): Cosmos premiere! David Andrew Dickinson (@astroguyz): Watch the Close Pass of NEO 2014 DX110 Daylight Saving time: A Spring Forward or a Step Back? A Natural Planetary Defense Against Solar Storms […]

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