SPACE PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SALT OF THE JUPITER MOON

WIRED | 6/15/2019 | Shannon Stirone
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For most of us, the universe is a little abstract: We can’t readily comprehend its scale and can barely see any of it anyway. In spite of the duotrigintillion leagues of space that remain hidden, we’ve managed to build instruments that can observe planets, stars, and galaxies, and more.

This week we ponder a variety of phenomena in the cosmos, starting with a famous icy moon of Jupiter called Europa. This sixth moon of the gas giant has a massive global ocean hidden beneath its thick, icy crust. Many think Europa’s salty seas could harbor some sort of alien life. A new paper out this week attributes some of the coloring on the moon’s icy surface not to magnesium sulfates, or Epsom salts, but to sodium chloride — yes, table salt. The finding becomes...
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