NASA officials have recently announced that they have new insight into Europa, one of Jupiter’s many moons. Officials promised that more information would be released today, but they have also provided us with some clues on the novelty. It seems like the moon might host an ocean underneath its surface, and there is more to come.
According to specialists from NASA, there is a buried ocean beneath Europa’s crust. What’s more, the data that they were able to gather points out that this particular ocean might sustain life.The news of forms of life on Europa stands as a huge discovery. However, more details are to be unveiled by scientists soon.
For the time being, their primary source of information is their Hubble Space Telescope. The images captured by the high-tech device show a particular type of activity on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Scientists made a connection between this activity and the existence of a liquid body of water underneath Europa’s surface.
NASA detected some of the first signs of the activity approximately four years ago. The specialized telescope observed the activity at the South Pole of Europa. There were water vapors which seemed to be emanating from the moon. The phenomenon was easily linked to the theory of the underground ocean with liquid water.
The space agency intends to gather more data on the geological and physical properties of Europa. This is why they scheduled a mission for 2020. Four years from now, a NASA spacecraft will be orbiting the celestial body in order to collect crucial information on its features and behavior.
As far as the buried ocean is concerned, scientists still have to gather additional proof of its existence. They intend to find the answer through laboratory analyses and experiments. Scientists don’t want to drill the surface of Europa in search of its mysterious ocean.
Europa was first discovered by Galileo Galilei at the beginning of the 17th century. It is one of Jupiter’s moons, which has more than fifty such satellites. If compared to our Moon, Europa is a bit smaller. Its’ surface is covered with ice, and the scientists hope to prove that there is an ocean underneath. They also proved that with Jupiter’s largest moon, called Ganymede.
New insight into Europa will be released by NASA this afternoon, at a conference. The results will be presented by specialists William Sparks and Paul Hertz.
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