Source: NASA

Authors: Naomi Hartono, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Published Date: Wed, 15 May 2024 17:46:57 +0000

Summary: NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured high-resolution images of Jupiter’s moon Europa, revealing that its icy crust has shifted and may have signs of brine activity on the surface. The images support the “true polar wander” theory, suggesting Europa’s ice shell moves independently from its rocky core, causing fractures. One significant feature, dubbed “the Platypus,” shows complex terrain and potential signs of water vapor plumes. These findings will guide future missions, such as NASA’s Europa Clipper and ESA’s Juice, in their search for subsurface water and possible life conditions. Juno’s recent and upcoming flybys continue to provide valuable data on Jupiter and its moons.

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