Ganymede May Have Vast Hidden Ocean

Ganymede May Have Vast Hidden Ocean

By Ron Cowen, 15:47 PM April 15, 2008

Move over, Europa. Make way, Callisto. You're not the only moons of Jupiter that might hold seas of liquid water. Big brother Ganymede may also harbor an ocean beneath its icy surface, three new studies suggest. And where there's water, there could be life.

A layer of saltwater, at least several kilometers deep and buried some 150 kilometers beneath Ganymede's surface, is the best explanation for magnetic measurements that the Galileo spacecraft recorded, says

Margaret G. Kivelson of the Unive...

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