Jupiter's ice moon Europa is widely regarded as the most likely place to find extraterrestrial life. This book tells the engaging story of Europa, the oceanic moon. It features a large number of stunning images of the ocean moon's surface, clearly displaying the spectacular crack patterns, extensive rifts and ridges, and refrozen pools of exposed water filled with rafts of displaced ice. Coverage also features firsthand accounts of Galileo's mission to Jupiter and its moons. The book tells the rough and tumble inside story of a very human enterprise in science that lead to the discovery of a fantastic new world that might well harbor life.
Unmasking Europa: The Search for Life on Jupiter's Ocean Moon
Water world.- Touring the surface.- Doing science.- Planetary stretch.- A closer look at tidal effects.- Global crack patterns.- Building ridges.- Mind the gap.- Strike-slip.- Convergence.- Return to Astypalaea.- Cycloids.- Chaos.- Thick vs. thin.- The scars of impact.- The bandwagon.- The biosphere.- Explorations to come.