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Can ice on Europa and Enceladus help us find extraterrestrial life?

In the late 1990s, photographs from the Galileo spacecraft showed an ice-covered surface on Europa, one of the Galilean moons orbiting Jupiter. In early 2018, studies of the data reported that “giant jets of water are spouting more than 100 miles off that moon’s surface.”

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Is Europa’s icy shell covering a liquid ocean teaming with life? Or might we find life in the water beneath the ice on Saturn’s moon Enceladus?

Professor of Space Physics Michele Dougherty shares How Ice might help us Find Extraterrestrial Life in a clip from the BBC’s The Secret Life of Ice, narrated by science writer Dr. Gabrielle Walker.

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Next, watch Ocean Moon, Ocean World: The water beneath Europa’s icy surface and another clip from the program: Instant Ice Crystals.

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