Reverse Engineering Europa

It could be at least 15 years before NASA lands a mission on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, to search for signs of life beneath its icy crust. In the mean time, a team led by astrobiologist Kevin Hand of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is using ultra-chilled vacuum chambers to simulate what Europa’s surface might be like. Their work will inform future missions and give scientists clues to how they might detect life on a faraway moon.


Produced by Luke Groskin
Filmed by Christian Baker
Music by Audio Network

Additional Video by
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Caltech, Kevin Hand and Robert Carlson
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Scratchikken (C.C. BY 3.0)
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Chau Tu and Preston Dyches

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About Luke Groskin

Luke Groskin is Science Friday’s video producer. He’s on a mission to make you love spiders and other odd creatures.