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Jupiter moon could host life in lakes

New theory puts bodies of water just under surface

If the scientists’ theory is right and subsurface lakes exist on Europa (right), they would hold more water than all five Great Lakes. Funding to test the theory has yet to come through. If the scientists’ theory is right and subsurface lakes exist on Europa (right), they would hold more water than all five Great Lakes. Funding to test the theory has yet to come through. (HANDOUT PHOTO)
By Brian Vastag
Washington Post / November 17, 2011

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For explorers searching for life beyond Earth, the siren song of Europa, Jupiter’s icy moon, trills sweetly. “Europa has the best chance of having life there today,’’ said Britney Schmidt, who studies the moon at the University of Texas at Austin. Astrobiologists think so because NASA’s Galileo probe found strong evidence for a deep, briny ocean covering the entire moon deep under the icy surface.

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