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March 26, 2013

All these worlds are yours

Except Europa.

Jupiter's icy moon Europa is a prime target for future space missions as it harbours a buried ocean that could have the right conditions for life.

But attempts to land may face a major hazard: jagged "blades" of ice up to 10m long. A major US conference has heard the moon may have ideal conditions for icy spikes called "penitentes" to form.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 26, 2013 08:47 AM