It is a common belief that the exploration of outer space is a significant step forward in the evolution of humanity. Many believe that exploring other planets would be an even greater leap in our development as a species. Exploring Europa, a moon of Jupiter, would be one such leap.
Europa has a thin atmosphere, composed mostly of oxygen and water vapor. The chances for life there were always iffy, as a global ocean lay under a few miles of ice, which separated it from oxygen being produced on the surface from energetic charged particles (similar to cosmic rays). Europas
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