Jupiters Moon could have ‘ice spikes’.
New research shows that Europa could have ice spikes - known as penitents - up to five metres high (16 feet). Penitents occur on Earth only in the Andes mountains, and are pictured above illuminated by the Moon on the right of the picture.
It’s though that the same conditions that allow the structures to form on Earth could exist around Europa’s equator. 

The scientist and his colleagues are interested in understanding what the surface of Europa looks like, partially because it’s a first step towards designing a viable lander that could safely touch down on the moon’s frozen surface.

Jupiters Moon could have ‘ice spikes’.

New research shows that Europa could have ice spikes - known as penitents - up to five metres high (16 feet). Penitents occur on Earth only in the Andes mountains, and are pictured above illuminated by the Moon on the right of the picture.

It’s though that the same conditions that allow the structures to form on Earth could exist around Europa’s equator. 

The scientist and his colleagues are interested in understanding what the surface of Europa looks like, partially because it’s a first step towards designing a viable lander that could safely touch down on the moon’s frozen surface.

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