Jupiter's icy moon Europa is criss-crossed by extensional features. A tectonic reconstruction suggests that Europa's extension is balanced by subduction [mdash] if so, Earth may not be the only planetary body with a plate tectonic system.
In December 2013, researchers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope announced they had spotted evidence of geysers erupting from Europa's south polar region. But follow-up Hubble observations in January and February showed no signs of the plumes.
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Arlington TX (SPX) Aug 13, 2014 - Scientists hunting for life beyond Earth have discovered more than 1,800 planets outside our solar system, or exoplanets, in recent years, but so far, no one has been able to confirm an exomoon. Now
It turns out that Europa may just be able to support life and may be more like Earth than we thought. Scientists have found that the icy moon may have giant plates of ice that shuffle along its surface, much like plates of rocks do on Earth.
In Arthur C Clarke's 2001 A Space Odyssey, the supercomputer HAL issues a last instruction to the Discovery crew ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS EXCEPT EUROPA ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE. What might we find? To prove that life exists, or...