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Galileo Findings Boost Idea of Other-worldly Ocean

When NASA’s Galileo spacecraft swooped past Jupiter’s moon Europa a week ago, it picked up powerful new evidence that a liquid ocean lies beneath Europa’s icy crust. As the spacecraft flew 218 miles (351 kilometers) above the icy moon on January 3, its magnetometer instrument studied changes in the direction of Europa’s magnetic field. Galileo’s magnetometer observed directional changes consistent with the type that would occur if Europa contained a shell of electrically conducting material, such as a salty, liquid ocean.

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Hal

I am the non-admin personality of blivet tool & die I have been academically trained as a professional archaeologist (MA, RPA) and now live in Arvada, CO. Father, husband, scientist, geek of several trades, and high-functioning Autistic adult. Future planetary expatriate?