An experiment recreates the crust of the moon Europa

Water, salts and gases dissolved in the huge ocean that scientists believe could exist below Europa´s icy crust can rise to the surface generating the enigmatic geological formations associated to red-tinged materials that can be seen on this Jupiter's satellite.

Clay-like minerals found on icy crust of Europa

A new analysis of data from NASA's Galileo mission has revealed clay-type minerals at the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa that appear to have been delivered by a spectacular collision with an asteroid or comet. This is the first time such minerals have been detected on Europa's surface. The types of space rocks that deliver such minerals typically also often carry organic materials.

Europa's deep ocean may seep to the surface

Astronomers have found the strongest evidence yet that the ocean on Jupiter's moon Europa may consist of salty water, like our own. And, they say, that salty water appears to be making its way to the surface.

Clues for bacteria on Mars could be found in Río Tinto

Researchers at the Centre of Astrobiology have positively identified microorganisms living inside salt deposits in the acidic and ferrous environment of the Tinto River in Huelva, Spain.

From the Arctic to Jupiter's Europa moon

A Canadian fjord may help scientists improve their understanding of Jupiter's icy Europa moon.

ESA to probe Jupiter's icy moons with JUICE

The European Space Agency (ESA) is shifting its focus to study Jupiter's icy moons and plans on launching a mission from Kourou, French Guiana, in 2022. 



Europa Report quietly announced

This weekend saw the revelation of The Europa Report, an upcoming film which has been in silent development for some time.

Europa lake could harbor life


Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin have discovered what appears to be a massive body of liquid water locked inside the icy shell of Jupiter's moon Europa.

NASA should concentrate on Mars, says committee

Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa should be NASA's main areas of focus over the coming decade, according to a report from the National Research Council.