The high-powered Hubble Space Telescope has caught sight of something amazing on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, NASA announced today.
Scientists using the Hubble have discovered more evidence that plumes of water spurt out of the moon’s surface from its possible ocean below.
If confirmed, the existence of the water plumes could make it easier than expected for NASA to get a taste of Europa’s alien sea, one of the most likely places in the solar system for alien life.
“If there are plumes emerging from Europa, it is significant because it means we may be able to explore that ocean of Europa for organic chemicals or even signs of life without having to drill through unknown miles of ice,” astronomer William Sparks, who helped make these Hubble observations, said during a press conference Monday. Read more…