Ice-Fishing On Europa

Europa is the smallest of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter.

If, in the far-future, there should come to be a planetary tourism board, it could promote Europa—the smallest of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons—as a top ice-fishing destination.

As a Minnesota lake, in winter, is frozen solid on the surface, but has flowing water beneath, so under Europa’s thick, icy hide is a vast reservoir of liquid water, which holds twice, even thrice, the volume of the water in all our oceans put together.

This makes it a strong candidate for harboring extraterrestrial life.

NASA is presently researching the feasibility of sending a probe—the Europa Clipper—to the Jovian moon, sometime in the near-future, to conduct an in-depth study.

h/t: iO9


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