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  • Lana Schlossberg

    Europa, Jupiter's fourth largest moon, is one of the most likely places in the Solar System to host life outside of Earth, due to the ocean made of water that is expected to lie under the icy shell. Despite its distance from the sun, the water remains liquid due to the tidal forces the moon experiences, where the constant push and pull of Jupiter's gravity helps to heat it.

  • Robin

    My favorite of Jupiters moons... Europa. Scientists believe there could be a liquid ocean of water underneath the icy crust

  • Jonathan W

    Europa - moon of Jupiter - Europa's trailing hemisphere in approximate natural color. The prominent crater in the lower right is Pwyll and the darker regions are areas where Europa's primarily water ice surface has a higher mineral content. Imaged on 7 September 1996 by Galileo spacecraft. Europa Listeni/jʊˈroʊpə/(Jupiter II), is the sixth-closest moon of the planet Jupiter, and the smallest of its four Galilean satellites, but still the sixth-largest moon in the Solar System. Europa was discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei.

  • Erica Goss

    A growing body of evidence suggests that there is a vast liquid ocean lurking underneath Europa's solid surface, and a lot of scientists are eager to tap this watery interior in search of life. As Michael Shara — curator of the astrophysics division at the American Museum of Natural History — told us: "If we can figure out a way of putting a probe through the ice… who knows what we could find -- I'll tell you what they'll find in two words: The Thing =O

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europa, moon of jupiter. An ice world with 4 tiger strikes close to its south pole. It is believed that under the ice lies an ocean of liquid water and therefore life :)

MOONS- Earth's moon is absolutely beautiful and pictures of others are amazing I hope that one day we will Be able to view the rest of the Universe.

Based on new evidence from Jupiters moon Europa, astronomers hypothesize that chloride salts bubble up from the icy moons global liquid ocean and reach the frozen surface where they are bombarded with sulfur from volcanoes on Jupiters moon Io. credit : NASA/JPL-CalTech

Moons and Planets of the Solar System

Callisto, 2nd largest of Jupiter's moons and 3rd largest moon in the Solar System. There is thought to be a liquid ocean under the surface, which could potentially host microbial life, though it's less likely than Europa to support life. The crust of the moon is extremely old and cratered nearly to saturation (any new craters will erase old craters). Callisto's rotation is tidally locked, so the same side always faces Jupiter, which sits motionless in the Callistan sky.

Ganymede... Jupiter's largest moon, and for that matter, it is the largest moon in the Solar System. It is slightly larger than the planet, Mercury. Ganymede orbits Jupiter about once every week.

Moon Crater's Water Ice Supply Revealed - Credit: NASA/GSFC/SVS The moon, once thought to be bone dry, has now been shown to harbor significant water. This photo shows the search for water on the moon.

Ganymede is Jupiter's largest moon, and is the largest moon in the Solar System, even slightly larger than the planet Mercury. It has a liquid iron core, a thick icy crust, and layers of silicate rock in between. There is also thought to be a saltwater ocean about 124 miles below the surface. It was discovered in the 1990s that Ganymede has a very thin oxygen atmosphere and an ozone layer.

Infographic: Jupiter's moon Europa has a huge underground ocean. - www.space.com/...