Europa — The Ocean Moon

Search for an Alien Biosphere

  • Richard Greenberg

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Discovering Europa

  3. Tides

    1. Pages 47-59
    2. Pages 61-69
    3. Pages 71-84
    4. Pages 85-89
  4. Understanding Europa

    1. Pages 117-132
    2. Pages 133-143
    3. Pages 145-179
    4. Pages 181-189
    5. Pages 191-205
    6. Pages 207-218
    7. Pages 219-250
    8. Pages 251-263
    9. Pages 265-283
    10. Pages 285-310
  5. Life on Earth and Europa

    1. Pages 313-321
    2. Pages 323-336
    3. Pages 337-354
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 355-380

About this book


Europa – The Ocean Moon tells the story of the Galileo spacecraft probe to Jupiter's moon, Europa. It provides a detailed description of the physical processes, including the dominating tidal forces that operate on Europa, and includes a comprehensive tour of Europa using images taken by Galileo's camera. The book reviews and evaluates the interpretative work carried out to date, providing a philosophical discussion of the scientific process of analyzing results and the pitfalls that accompany it. It also examines the astrobiological constraints on this possible biosphere, and implications for future research, exploration and planetary biological protection. Europa – The Ocean Moon provides a unique understanding of the Galileo images of Europa, discusses the theory of tidal processes that govern its icy ridged and disrupted surface, and examines in detail the physical setting that might sustain extra-terrestrial life in Europa's ocean and icy crust.


Extra-terrestrial life Galileo NASA Planet Tide biosphere carr evolution exploration ocean research uplift water

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Greenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Planetary Sciences and Lunar and Planetary LaboratoryUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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