New research from the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed possible water plumes erupting Jupiter's moon Europa. The new Hubble images revealed "finger-like projections" coming from Europa. Researchers think the fingers are 125-mile-long plumes of water erupting from the moon's subsurface ocean: Possible plumes on Europa Source: NASA, ESA, W. Sparks (left image) L. Roth (right image) "Europa's ocean is considered to be one of the most promising places that could potentially harbor life in the solar system," NASA scientist Geoff Yoder said in a statement.
If jets of water vapor are indeed erupting from Europa, a spacecraft could potentially fly through them and analyze their chemistry. The moon is believed to have a vast subterranean, saltwater ocean.
Plumes spotted by NASA's Hubble telescope could make it much easier to sample Europa's supposed subsurface ocean, which may harbor the building blocks for life.
The Hubble Space Telescope detected emissions emanating from the moon that are characteristic of the break up of water molecules. The Jupiter moon is thought to harbor a global ocean of water beneath its icy surface.
Astronomers working with the NASA Hubble Space Telescope have captured images of what might be water vapor plumes erupting from the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. “This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the ic...