Jupiter’s Europa might be a spiky, dangerous place to land a ship

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As telescope technology and other observational tools has improved over the decades we've learned more and more about the planets and moons in our Solar System. We've begun to check off the places that could have possibly harbored life, but a handful of promising destinations still remain. Jupiter's moon Europa is one of the most tantalizing.

The ice-covered world hides a vast ocean beneath its surface, and cracks in its thick ice sheets regularly spew water out into space, teasing us with the possibility that something lives far below. Actually traveling to Europa is still little more than a dream, but when we eventually make it happen we may need to grapple with something unexpected: a surface covered in brutal blades of ice.

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