Space & Astronomy
Landing sites on Europa identified
By T.K. Randall
August 26, 2009 · 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
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