Ocean evidence found on Ganymede

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  1. Porfiry Nomad Registered Senior Member

    <!--intro-->This is clipped directly from an <a href="http://www.salon.com/news/wire/2000/12/17/jupiter/index.html" target="_blank">article</a> on Salon, "Ganymede, the solar system's largest moon, appears to have a liquid, saltwater ocean deep beneath its cratered and fractured surface of solid ice, researchers said Saturday. With the new findings, Ganymede joins Europa and Callisto as yet another moon of Jupiter suspected to harbor underground water -- a key ingredient for life.

    The ocean is the latest finding announced by scientists interpreting data from NASA's Galileo spacecraft, which began orbiting Jupiter in December 1995. "Galileo is sparking a new revolution in our understanding of the solar system by opening our minds to the role played by that precious ingredient to life -- water," said Robert Pappalardo, a senior research associate at Brown University."<!--/intro-->

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