Diving on Europa? Here's How We Could Penetrate That Ice

Europa is an ice-covered moon orbiting Jupiter that likely an ocean underneath. Perhaps that ocean contains life. Perhaps it doesn't. But we're not going to know for sure until we send a probe there to check things out.

Published On 06/22/2015
1:33 PM EDT
Researchers prepare Icefin for going under the ice. The machine uses foam (epoxy-filled glass balls) to float at the correct depth. | Jacob Buffo/Georgia Tech
The ice-heavy environment at McMurdo Station in Antarctica is similar to what could be found on Europa. The mountain in the background of this image is Mt. Erebus. | Jacob Buffo/Georgia Tech