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Europa’s Lost Expedition

A Scientific Novel


Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Novel

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael Carroll
      Pages 3-5
    3. Michael Carroll
      Pages 7-30
    4. Michael Carroll
      Pages 31-50
    5. Michael Carroll
      Pages 51-60
    6. Michael Carroll
      Pages 61-72
    7. Michael Carroll
      Pages 73-84
    8. Michael Carroll
      Pages 85-101
    9. Michael Carroll
      Pages 103-123
    10. Michael Carroll
      Pages 125-134
    11. Michael Carroll
      Pages 135-148
    12. Michael Carroll
      Pages 149-153
    13. Michael Carroll
      Pages 155-162
    14. Michael Carroll
      Pages 163-172
    15. Michael Carroll
      Pages 173-177
    16. Michael Carroll
      Pages 179-187
    17. Michael Carroll
      Pages 189-195
    18. Michael Carroll
      Pages 197-202
  3. The Science Behind the Story

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203

About this book


This classically styled, chilling murder mystery about an expedition under the ice of Jupiter’s ocean moon Europa, backed up by the latest scientific findings on this icy satellite. The science fiction premise explores real possibilities of exploring other bodies in the Solar System, including probing their possible astrobiology. Now that the most recent world war has concluded on Earth, human explorers are returning to exploration, carrying out a full-court press to journey into the alien abyss using tele-operated biorobotics and human-tended submersibles. Nine scientists head out to Jupiter’s icy ocean-moon. But at Europa’s most remote outpost, one by one, the team members who shared the cruise out begin to die under suspicious circumstances. All was well until humans begin diving into Europa’s subsurface ocean. The deaths have all the symptoms of some sort of plague, despite Europa’s seemingly sterile environment.

Besides providing thrills, a science section covers the very latest in undersea robotics, discussing the assets future explorers may have available for exploring subsurface oceans on moons including Europa, Enceladus and Titan. The book explores the most recent results in Europa research, from safe radiation levels for human habitation, landing sites, subsurface ocean currents and makeup, possible plate tectonics, geyser activity on the surface, volcanic activity on the ocean floor, and Europa’s bizarre exosphere. The book also covers extremophiles and the various possible biomes on—and inside of—Europa.


Europa ice oceans Exobiology of Europa Space exploration and moons of solar system Life on solar system moons Jupiter ocean moon Subsurface ocean on Europa Possibility of an outpost on Europa Biome existence on Europa Europa plate tectonics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.LittletonUSA

About the authors

Author/artist Michael Carroll received the AAS Division of Planetary Science’s Jonathan Eberhart Award for the best planetary science feature article of 2012, an article based on his Springer book Drifting on Alien Winds. He lectures extensively in concert with his various books, and has done invited talks at science museums, aerospace facilities, and NASA centers. His two decades as a science journalist have left him well-connected in the planetary science community. He is a Fellow of the International Association for the Astronomical Arts, and has written articles and books on topics ranging from space to archeology. His articles have appeared in Popular Science, Astronomy, Sky and Telescope, Astronomy Now (UK), and a host of children’s magazines. His twenty-some titles also include Alien Volcanoes (Johns Hopkins University Press), Space Art (Watson Guptill), The Seventh Landing (Springer 2009), and Drifting on Alien Winds (Springer 2011). His latest book, his fifth from Springer, is Springer’s Science and Fiction series novel On the Shores of Titan’s Farthest Sea (2015).

Carroll has done commissioned artwork for NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and several hundred magazines throughout the world, including National Geographic, Time, Smithsonian, Astronomy, and others. One of his paintings is on the surface of Mars—in digital form—aboard the Phoenix lander. Carroll is the 2006 recipient of the Lucien Rudaux Award for lifetime achievement in the Astronomical Arts.

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