Europa, a Jovian moon the Hubble Space Telescope has keeping an eye on since 2012, may have a subsurface ocean on it scientists now believe. For the past four years, they have been observing geysers erupting out of Europa’s south pole sometimes up to 120 miles into space.
Now NASA is holding a special conference in light of “surprising evidence of activity” in regards to a potential subsurface ocean on the moon which scientists determined earlier this year has a similar chemical composition to the oceans on Earth. Now that the geysers are consistently happening, NASA plans to spend $100 million to launch a probe past Europa sometime in the 2020s to ascertain whether or not vapor samples can be obtained through a flyby (rather than the exhaustive drilling process they once believed would be necessary to penetrate Europa’s frozen surface.
We don’t even know what’s going on down here. Who knows what’s really going on out there.
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