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Is Europa Too Prickly to Land On?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:10 PM

A deadly bed of icy javelins could be awaiting any spacecraft that tries to land on some parts of the ice-covered world Europa, say researchers who have carefully modeled the ice processes at work on parts of the Jovian moon to detect features beyond the current low resolution images.

If the prediction of long vertical blades of ice is correct, it will not only help engineers design a lander to tame or avoid the sabers, but also help explain a couple of nagging mysteries about the strange moon.

http://news.discover...d-on-131028.htm

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