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Searching and Characterizing Extraterrestrial Subsurface Oceans

Project description

Searching for sub-surface liquid water in the moons of the solar system

The occurrence of liquid water is one of the few essential prerequisites for life – at least as we know it on Earth. Vast bodies of water can lie beneath the icy crust of moons in our solar system. Combining computer simulations and new telescope observations, the EU-funded Exo-Oceans project plans to search for oceans on Saturn's moons (Titan and Enceladus) and also outside our solar system. The research work will allow detailed analyses of the oceans on Jupiter's moons (Europa and Ganymede). Although it is already known that there is water on the two moons, previous approaches failed to characterise these hidden oceans. The project's results will serve as a fundamental basis for the study of extraterrestrial oceans and extraterrestrial life.

Host institution

UNIVERSITAT ZU KOLN
Net EU contribution
€ 2 116 582,00
Address
Albertus Magnus Platz
50931 Koln
Germany

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,50

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITAT ZU KOLN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 2 116 582,00
Address
Albertus Magnus Platz
50931 Koln

See on map

Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,50