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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hints From Slush

PASADENA, California () -- New images of Jupiter's frozen moon Europa are giving scientists tantalizing hints that its fractured crust of icy slabs may be sliding on a layer of slush or even water -- the fundamental ingredient for life.

The new images were taken by the unmanned Galileo spacecraft from 153,600 kilometers away.

The more geologically active Europa turns out to be, the more likely it is to have niches that could harbor life, Ronald Greeley, an Arizona State University geology professor, said Tuesday.