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Landing sites on Europa identified

By T.K. Randall
August 26, 2009 · Comment icon 4 comments



Image Credit: NASA
Scientists have been examining the images returned by the Galileo spacecraft in an attempt to identify potential sites to land a spacecraft on Jupiter's moon Europa, a world thought to contain a vast ocean of liquid water under the ice.
A rigorous analysis of the jagged terrain of Jupiter's moon Europa is helping to identify safe landing strips for future missions. Europa is thought to have an ocean of water beneath its icy shell. The latest study is the first to use images from the Galileo spacecraft, which orbited Jupiter from 1995 to 2003, to generate measurements of Europa's slopes.


Source: New Scientist | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by jesspy 14 years ago
Lol it will be funny if they land something on there and it just sinks to the bottom. They should start shipping in the water from Europa. lol "Europa the taste of space"
Comment icon #2 Posted by glyndowers heir 14 years ago
Nooooooo! Dont go there - Arthur C Clark warned us: - "All these worlds are yours - Except Europa. Attempt no landing there!"
Comment icon #3 Posted by burt_ie 14 years ago
Nooooooo! Dont go there - Arthur C Clark warned us: - "All these worlds are yours - Except Europa. Attempt no landing there!" LOL
Comment icon #4 Posted by jesspy 14 years ago
Can you use the Euro as currency on Europa?


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