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On the Habitability and Future Exploration of Ocean Worlds

Abstract : Liquid water oceans are now predicted to exist beneath the icy shells of numerous worlds in the outer solar system. These ocean worlds are prime targets in our search for evidence of life beyond Earth, and specifically extant life. Here we review the conditions that may lead to several of these worlds being habitable, and provide a framework for the future exploration of these astrobiologically compelling targets.
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K. Hand, C. Sotin, A. Hayes, A. Coustenis. On the Habitability and Future Exploration of Ocean Worlds. Space Science Reviews, Springer Verlag, 2020, 216 (5), ⟨10.1007/s11214-020-00713-7⟩. ⟨insu-02993658⟩

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