Europa's ocean may be more Earthlike than previously thought

At the same time, JPL scientist Kevin Hand conducted an experiment where ocean salt samples were irradiated under conditions similar to those found on Europa. This irradiation altered the properties of the table salt, also known as sodium chloride, causing it to match the visible spectra seen by the Keck Observatory, as well as being the same shade as yellow regions found on the surface of Europa in a large, geologically young area called “Tara Regio.”

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