Could photos of a platypus on the surface of Jupiter's moon ‘Europa’ be the key to discovering life beyond planet Earth?

Europa, one of Jupiter’s 95 moons has scientists curious. They think beneath its icy surface, there might be conditions that make life possible
Europa, one of Jupiter’s 95 moons has scientists curious (Image credit: NASA)

Recent photographs taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft have revealed that Jupiter’s fourth largest moon, Europa, has been hiding a rather large secret underneath its icy crust. 

Europa is actually closer to a planet than a moon. It has a magnetic field, a fragile oxygen atmosphere, and a liquid iron core. 

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Leonie Helm
Staff Writer

After graduating from Cardiff University with an Master's Degree in Journalism, Media and Communications Leonie developed a love of photography after taking a year out to travel around the world. 

While visiting countries such as Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh and Ukraine with her trusty Nikon, Leonie learned how to capture the beauty of these inspiring places, and her photography has accompanied her various freelance travel features. 

As well as travel photography Leonie also has a passion for wildlife photography both in the UK and abroad.