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Europa Has Water and H2O Too

Chaos terrain on Europa suggests subsurface lakes. (NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk)

Reprocessed Galileo image of Europa by Ted Stryk (NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk)

According to research by NASA astronomers using the next-generation optics of the 10-meter Keck II telescope, Jupiter’s ice-encrusted moon Europa has hydrogen peroxide (aka H2O2)  across much of the surface of its leading hemisphere, a compound that could potentially provide energy for life if it has found its way into the moon’s subsurface ocean.

“Europa has the liquid water and elements, and we think that compounds like peroxide might be an important part of the energy requirement,” said JPL scientist Kevin Hand, the paper’s lead author. “The availability of oxidants like peroxide on Earth was a critical part of the rise of complex, multicellular life.”

Read my full article on Universe Today here.

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About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on April 5, 2013, in Jupiter and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Water AND h2O ??? Wow ! (or was that “H20 Too” a rather good pun ?!!?)

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  3. Jupiter has 51 moons and one can support life? Has nasa really approved this? We need more information to prove this hoax.

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