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icy surface of Europa

ONTO THE ICE  This image from the Galileo spacecraft shows the icy surface of Europa. The Jovian moon is a target for a potential lander mission that will look for signs of life there.

illustration of Juno spacecraft at Jupiter

The Juno spacecraft, shown in this artist’s illustration, will not maneuver into a shorter orbit around Jupiter due to an issue with helium valves that are part of the plumbing for the probe’s main engine.

Ceres

HINTS OF LIFE?  Organic matter has been detected on Ceres, shown, suggesting the dwarf planet hosts the building blocks of life.

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