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Are Planets with Oceans Common in the Galaxy? It’s Likely, NASA Scientists Find

18 Jun 2020, 14:00 UTC
Are Planets with Oceans Common in the Galaxy? It’s Likely, NASA Scientists Find NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Several years ago, planetary scientist Lynnae Quick began to wonder whether any of the more than 4,000 known exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system, might resemble some of the watery moons around Jupiter and Saturn. Though some of these moons don’t have atmospheres and are covered in ice, they are still among the top targets in NASA’s search for life beyond Earth. Saturn’s moon Enceladus and Jupiter’s moon Europa, which scientists classify as “ocean worlds,” are good examples.

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