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New evidence for water plumes on Jupiter’s moon, Europa

    17 May, 2018 12:00 AM printer

New evidence for water plumes on Jupiter’s moon, Europa

PARIS: Scientists presented further evidence Monday for water plumes on the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa, raising hopes of probing the jets for signs of life around the second planet from Earth, reports AFP. 

Europa’s frozen surface has long been thought to cover a salty ocean about twice the size of our planet’s.

Given the suspected abundance of warm, liquid water under its kilometres-thick ice shell, the moon is considered a “top candidate” by NASA for life on a Solar System body other than Earth.

But sending a robot craft to land on Europa and drill through its surface would be a much more costly and complicated endeavour than, say, flying through a plume of water ejected from the moon’s innards, and measuring its composition.

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