Daily Archives: November 16, 2011

  • Near-Surface Water on Europa

    More to follow, but I wanted to post quickly (VERY quickly as my keyboard is racing my battery) about the Science Update on Europa. The basic gist is this:

    • Earth scientists had a well-validated model for how certain terrains form on Earth
    • They applied this model to the chaos terrains on Europa
    • They were able to explain these features quite well, arguably much better than previous efforts

    If the work holds up (remember, this is a a hypothesis to be tested), here’s what it implies:

    1. Europa probably does have a thick shell, despite the presence of chaos terrain, HOWEVER…
    2. Within that thick shell there