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Geysers on Europa? more for Juno to check out...

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#1 Jay_Bird

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 04:37 PM

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http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-25349395

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http://www.skyandtel...-235605221.html

Europa may emit geyser-like plumes of water for a short period during the 'apojove' farthest portion of its orbit around Jupiter. Tidal stress at its poles might open up the ice covering Europa's ocean, allowing the release to occur. Similar phenomena seen on Enceladus before, now at (slightly) more accessible Europa with Juno en route...

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 07:02 PM

I'm really hoping we can convince some space agency, somewhere, to put together a major mission to Europa. It's got a huge amount of potential.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:33 PM

ESA might be on it - the same article linked above mentions the upcoming JUICE probe to Jovian ice moons, which will fly by Europa's equator (not the now-exciting poles), more below. Note that USA cancelled a companion Europa orbiter due to budget... see other recent posts in this forum...

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-17917102

A probe focused specifically on Europa looks a lot more defensible and interesting now, too.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 10:44 PM

And the equator still looks pretty interesting to me!






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