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NASA’s Juno probe will peek beneath Europa’s icy crust

On Sept. 29, NASA’s Juno probe will perform its closest flyby to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa in more than 20 years, as the spacecraft begins its mission to probe the depths of Europa’s ice to find pockets of liquid water.

Europa Contains a global ocean under a solid crust of ice, which makes this satellite one of the most interesting places on Earth solar system to search for alien life and one of Top priorities for astrobiologists. While Juno can’t tell us whether Europa hosts alien life, it will tell us more about the moon’s ice crust, such as how thick it is and whether there are any pockets of liquid water that can reach the surface.

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