Friday, December 13, 2013

Hubble discovers giant geysers on a satellite of Jupiter - TF1

Artist's view of a probe in the vicinity of Jupiter

This is proof that there has water in the liquid state in Europe, one of the 63 moons of Jupiter. The Hubble Space Telescope has identified geysers spouting water on the surface of the moon the largest planet in the solar system. It is in any case what researchers think the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, who observed jets of steam to its south pole, reports the journal Science Express, which was released Thursday their research.

“If these jets are connected with water under the surface, this means that future mission could analyze its chemical composition without having to dig,” said Lorzen Roth, lead author of the study. According to the pictures from Hubble, water manage to climb to the surface and is projected to more than 100 km high. These observations reinforce the hypothesis shared by many scientists as Europe, where temperatures range from -160 ° C to -220 ° C, contains liquid water hidden under a thick layer of ice.

The presence of water makes this satellite of Jupiter a conducive place for extraterrestrial life. The European Space Agency (ESA) planned in 2022 sending a spacecraft which should arrive in the vicinity of Jupiter in 2030. It is expected to inquire about the possibility of a form of life.

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