Research on the Geological Activity of Icy Moons Could Help Future Space Probe Missions

Rebecca Jean T.
6 min readMar 4, 2024

Icy moons, like those orbiting Jupiter and Saturn, have become a popular talking point in astronomy due to their underground liquid oceans. Recently, planetary scientists have been gearing up in preparation for the next decade, which promises to bring new research seeking to understand these elusive oceans and their potential habitable conditions.

Two thirds of Ganymede’s surface on a black background. Darker and lighter gray regions streak across the surface. Bright patches of material surround craters.
Jupiter’s moon Ganymede taken by Juno during a flyby in 2021. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill.

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Rebecca Jean T.

Published author on NASA’s Radio Jove newsletter and contributing writer for Aha!. Researching science topics to deliver to you in bite-sized stories.