Water Plume on Jupiter’s Moon Europa


Here is exciting news, especially for the astrobiologists! Recent evidence is being considered the best proof till date for availability of water on Europa – the life-supporting moon of the greatest planet Jupiter. 

The alluring signs of the presence of water plume on Jupiter were located by the Hubble Space Telescope of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). However, the Hubble Telescope has its limits and sensitivity. The current proof got even stronger with a newly analyzed data provided by Galileo spacecraft. This data was based on the findings of Galileo. Galileo is an unmanned spacecraft of NASA which orbited around Jupiter to study about its planet and associated moons. The Galileo spacecraft revolved around Jupiter from the year 1995 to 2003. It also identified possibly a water plume while flying nearby the Europa moon in the year 1997. 

The lead author of the recent study, Xianzhe Jia said that the recently analyzed data of Galileo is a definite proof indicating