By Jeremy Robinson
When proof of microscopic existence on Europa--Jupiter's 6th moon--is found, a group of astronauts and scientists embark on a undertaking to find its resource. Led via oceanographer and biologist, Kathy Connelly, the workforce is charged with the duty of melting via miles of ice to the hidden ocean underneath, the place the quest for alien microorganisms starts off. yet a startling discovery awaits them at the floor of Europa--life.
Vast fields of crimson, plant-like organisms fill the cracks crisscrossing the moon's floor, surviving on food welling up from the waters under. inspired by way of the invention of existence at the floor, Connelly and her workforce turn on the Thermal Exploratory procedure and soften during the ice towards an international that doesn't are looking to be discovered, towards an intelligence that would do something to ensure they by no means leave.
BENEATH takes all the motion, thrills, mind's eye and unusual creatures that Jeremy Robinson is understood for and places them within the such a lot severe surroundings that you can imagine: the outside, and sub-ice ocean of a moon 400 million miles clear of Earth.
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