Congress Wants To Explore Europa To Seek Out New Life —And New Jobs

Earlier this week, the Planetary Society held a pep rally for Europa, where Bill Nye and climate change-denier House Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) set aside their differences to promote planetary science. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that a Europa expedition could pump millions of dollars into Congressional districts. » 7/18/14 7:45am 7/18/14 7:45am

Never-Before-Seen Photo of Europa Shows Rivers of Red Ice

The folks at JPL just published a new image of the surface of Europa – Jupiter's watery, chaotic, eruptive, and potentially life-harboring satellite. The photograph illustrates the contrast between the moon's relatively pure water ice (blue-white terrain) and its saltier, and thereby ruddier, surface ice. » 7/09/14 3:40pm 7/09/14 3:40pm

Europa Crisis: Read The First Chapter Of Jeff Carlson's Frozen Sky 2!

Last year, we brought you an exclusive look at Frozen Sky by Plague Year author Jeff Carlson — and now, here's the first chapter of the sequel, Frozen Sky 2: Betrayed — in which the situation with the alien sunfish on Europa is only getting more drastic. Plus some exclusive illustrations! » 5/13/14 6:00pm 5/13/14 6:00pm

This image is why everyone's so excited about a NASA mission to Europa

NASA wants to visit Jupiter's moon Europa. Why's that exciting? In a word: Water. As this visualization shows, the icy moon may look tiny next to our own planet, but it's got 2- to 3-times as much H2O as we have here on Earth. That "little" moon is packing quite the store of water — and with it, scientists think, a… » 3/08/14 8:15am 3/08/14 8:15am

Water Eruptions on Europa Mean that Conditions Are Ripe for Life

Jupiter's moon Europa is covered in a thick layer of ice, but it has a turbulent ocean that lies beneath. Today astronomers announced that new observations show this water is erupting in massive plumes like water volcanoes. It's a discovery that could have serious implications for Europa's potential to harbor life. » 12/12/13 8:00am 12/12/13 8:00am

It may be easier to find alien life on Europa than we thought

Jupiter's moon Europa is one of the more intriguing candidates for extraterrestrial life in our solar system. New models suggest that its ice-covered waters are turbulent near the lower latitudes, giving rise to its chaotic equatorial landscapes. Intriguingly, these warm waters may make it easier for life to make it… » 12/03/13 9:55am 12/03/13 9:55am

The Cities of Europa Glow in Icy Fissures Beneath Jupiter's Swirling…

Flying into Jupiter's moon Europa is always a breathtaking sight. Cities cling to the reflective moon's icy crust, while vast farms swirl in the warm seas below the surface. Now that we've learned to cultivate the native flora and fauna for food, it's become the number one destination in the Jovian system. » 3/22/13 5:36pm 3/22/13 5:36pm