From: LARRY KLAES (ljk4_at_msn.com)
Date: Tue Dec 09 2003 - 16:33:54 PST
Summary: As a follow-on to the recently ended Galileo mission to Jupiter, the next goal seems to be investigating its icy moons--Io, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa. A subsurface ocean and tidal heating may make possible at least two of the three requirements for life, namely water and energy. If a thick ice layer protects the ocean, even the final requirement for a thick atmosphere may be less important to subsurface life. The mission is called the Jupiter Icy Moon Orbiter, or JIMO.
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