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Monday, March 15, 2004

Europa probe 

I've been waiting for today's news for some time. Many planetary scientists believe that Jupiter's icy moon Europa contains a salty ocean under its icy crust. And if there is liquid water in large quantities, then there just might be life.

Apparently some people think we're going to send a lander to Europa to find out, because they're testing out devices that could be used to melt through the ice.

If we end up sending a lander to Europa, I think it will be much more exciting than the Mars missions, scientifically. There won't be dramatic pictures, but the data just might prove that earth is not unique as a living world, and open the possibility that life flourishes throughout the universe.
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