back to article Huge ice blades on Jupiter’s Europa will make it a right pain in the ASCII to land on

Exploring Jupiter’s moon Europa will be a treacherous task, it seems: scientists reckon its surface is covered in sharp towering icy daggers. The menacing shards are known as penitentes, according to a paper published in Nature Geoscience this week. They normally form in dry cold climates, where sunlight melts snow and it …


    1. Saruman the White

      Re: Bah!

      I can't help but think of the short story "Wait it Out" by Larry Niven. Granted the short story was set on Pluto (a long while before we knew anything about that frozen wasteland) but the say events could happen.

  1. Gene Cash Silver badge


    Looks like the spiky rocks you see on Jool's moon Pol in KSP when you turn terrain scatters all the way up...

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    That would hurt if you landed on your icehole.

  3. richard mullens

    Sublimes not sublimates.

  4. Claptrap314 Bronze badge

    Lunar lander?

    I don't know why anyone thinks that landing in such an environment would be hard. We've had an entire generation preparing for just this scenario.


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