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Hydrogen peroxide on the surface of Europa

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DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5410.2062

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Abstract

Spatially resolved infrared and ultraviolet wavelength spectra of Europa's leading, anti-jovian quadrant observed from the Galileo spacecraft show absorption features resulting from hydrogen peroxide. Comparisons with laboratory measurements indicate surface hydrogen peroxide concentrations of about 0.13 percent, by number, relative to water ice. The inferred abundance is consistent with radiolytic production of hydrogen peroxide by intense energetic particle bombardment and demonstrates that Europa's surface chemistry is dominated by radiolysis.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Hydrogen peroxide on the surface of Europa
Series title:
Science
DOI:
10.1126/science.283.5410.2062
Volume
283
Issue:
5410
Year Published:
1999
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
2062
Last page:
2064
Number of Pages:
3