NASA May Soon Send This Spacecraft to Jupiter's Moon Europa

With massive oceans buried under six kilometers of ice, Jupiter's moon Europa has long been a dream destination for astronomers. It's possible that those oceans, warmed by undersea volcanoes, could harbor microbial life. NASA's wanted a closer look for 15 years, and now they're getting it. » 2/03/15 6:20pm 2/03/15 6:20pm

You can now stamp your (Danish) mail with Lego

Starting today, Post Denmark is releasing a brand new set of Lego-branded, stamps featuring either a male or female minifig amidst a sea of floating bricks. In other words, you might actually have a reason to buy a stamp now. » 1/02/15 1:10pm 1/02/15 1:10pm

Europa Remastered: This 90s Space Image Has Been Retouched By NASA

It's not just old rock albums that get remastered when technology moves on: this image of Jupiter's ice-covered moon, Europa, has just been given a revamp by scientists from NASA. » 11/24/14 6:45am 11/24/14 6:45am

Scientists say these mysterious shrimp may hold keys to alien life

According to exobiologists at NASA, these mysterious shrimp and its symbiotic bacterium may hold clues "about what life could be like on other planetary bodies." It's life that may be similar—at the basic level—to what could be lurking in the oceans of Europa, deep under the icy crust of the Jupiter moon. » 11/22/14 1:39am 11/22/14 1:39am

The Ice-Diving Robot That Could Look for Alien Life on Jupiter's Moon

The search for extraterrestrial life begins, often enough, on Earth. In this case, it's an Alaskan glacier, where the robot VALKYRIE is proving its ice-chomping abilities in a field test. VALKYRIE is supposed to one day land on Jupiter's moon, Europa, where it will drill through miles of ice to reach the liquid oceans… » 7/23/14 5:59pm 7/23/14 5:59pm

It's hard to top the holy shit news that Antarctica is, as we've long feared, irreversibly melting, but this week's Landscape Reads is chock full of other great stories. Could the difference between rice and wheat farming also explain cultural differences? (By the way, those are rice terraces above!) What's a… » 5/13/14 6:00pm 5/13/14 6:00pm

Cool visualization shows liquid water on Earth vs Jupiter's moon Europa

I knew that NASA wants to send a submarine to explore the oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa, but I never realized that Europa has more liquid water than Earth even while it's roughly the size of our Moon. This graphic shows the shocking difference clearly, but there's more. » 3/08/14 12:00am 3/08/14 12:00am

2030 Space Odyssey: NASA will search for alien life in Jupiter's moon

This is amazing news: NASA is sending a mission to Europa! If everything goes well, a robotic submarine may be landing on Jupiter's moon—the world that scientists believe is the most likely to contain life in the Solar System—by 2030, a real space odyssey. This has the potential to change the world. » 3/05/14 12:06pm 3/05/14 12:06pm

Hubble detects water plumes coming out of Jupiter moon Europa

For the first time ever, the Hubble Space Telescope has observed water plumes on the icy crust of Europa. The Jovian moon is one of the most likely worlds to contain life in the Solar System. According to Lorenz Roth—who headed the team that made the discovery—"this is tremendously exciting." No kidding. » 12/12/13 11:51am 12/12/13 11:51am

The Robot Explorer That Will Navigate Jupiter's Liquid Moon

NASA's Europa Jupiter System Mission, set for 2026, will be the first survey Jupiter's frozen moon. Scientists also plan to explore the moon's liquid oceans, which are buried under 6km of ice. Getting through that will be tough. But once we hit water, Eurpoa's interior will be explored by the most advanced autonomous… » 7/27/12 11:30am 7/27/12 11:30am