NASA’s Juno probe will look under the icy crust of Europe

On September 29, NASA’s Juno probe will perform the closest flyby of icy moon Europa to Jupiter in more than 20 years as the spacecraft embarks on a mission to explore Europe’s ice for pockets of liquid water.

Europa It has a global ocean under a hard crust of ice, making this moon one of the most interesting places in the world Solar System to me Searching for extraterrestrial life and one of The priorities of astrobiologists. Although Juno won’t be able to tell us whether Europa harbors alien life, it will teach us more about the moon’s icy crust, such as how dense it is and whether there are any subsurface pockets of liquid water that could reach the surface.