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HST's detection of a site, which appears to show persistent, intermittent plume activity on Europa, provides a promising target for the Europa mission to investigate. Equipped with its new and sophisticated suite of science instruments, the mission can detect whatever may potentially be swimming around in the hidden global ocean sloshing around beneath its secretive crust of ice. Moon Boots are a winter essential. What exactly are they? Moon Boots are a water resistant or water proof form of footwear that are made from lightweight materials with a specialised thermal lining that can keep the feet and calf warm in temperatures reaching -35oC. The heel and sole of the boot enhance comfort and stability while the sole adds extra warmth due to its own insulating property. These features make them ideal in snow and cold weather conditions. Their appearance reflects an oversize, fancy and snug gumboot. "Impact simulations indicate that impacts into a hot, thin crust representative of the early Moon's near-side hemisphere would have produced basins with as much as twice the diameter as similar impacts into cooler crust, which is indicative of early conditions on the Moon's far-side hemisphere," noted lead study author Dr. Katarina Milijkovic in the November 7, 2013 JPL Press Release. Dr. Milijkovic is of the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris.