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April 3 2013

'Spikes of ice' may dot Jupiter's moon Europa


THE WOODLANDS, Texas The equator of Jupiter's icy moon Europa may be covered with huge spikes of ice, scientists say.

Astronomers have known for some time that Jupiter's moon Europa is icy, and now scientists are trying to understand just what form that ice takes by using some of the coldest places on Earth as analogues. Huge ice spikes, known as penitentes, found on Earth could form on Europa, they said.

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