On September 29, NASA’s Juno probe will make its closest flyby of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa in over 20 years as the spacecraft embarks on a mission to penetrate deep into Europa’s ice in search of pockets of liquid water.

Europe contains a global ocean beneath a solid crust of ice, making this moon one of the most fascinating places on earth solar system to Search for extraterrestrial life and one of The top priorities of astrobiologists. Although Juno can’t tell us if Europa harbors extraterrestrial life, it will teach us more about the moon’s icy crust, such as how thick it is and if there are any underground pockets of liquid water that could reach the surface.

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