A view of Europa created from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s. | NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute
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Finding Life on Jupiter’s Moon Europa May Be as Easy as Scratching the Surface

Possible traces of life may lie just centimeters below the moon’s icy surface.

This animation demonstrates how deformation in the icy surface of Europa could transport subsurface ocean water to the moon’s surface. | NASA/JPL-Caltech/Samuel M. Howell