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Scientists Reveal that Icy Worlds Similar to Europa and Enceladus Might be Too Soft to Land on

Although space exploration based researches have come a long way since the early days, next couple of decades will be more interesting as we prepare for several ambitious missions. While scientists for a long while want to explore Europa and Enceladus, researchers have revealed that surface of both Europa and Enceladus might be too soft to land on.

The latest report comes thanks to a recently published study in the journal Icarus. The team studied potential behavior of these surfaces. The researchers found that bright grains which make up surfaces of Europa and Enceladus measure just fraction of a micron and have a void space of 95 percent which makes the material less dense than fresh snow.

While such environment might mean bad news for future missions, Robert M.Nelson, the Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute (PSI) said in a press release, “Of course, before the landing of the Luna 2 robotic spacecraft in 1959, there was concern that the Moon might be covered in low density dust into which any future astronauts might sink. However, we must keep in mind that remote visible-wavelength observations of objects like Europa are only probing the outermost microns of the surface.”

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