|Europa, a moon of Jupiter thought to harbor a warm, saltwater ocean sloshing beneath a thick, icy crust, has long been considered one of the best spots in the solar system to look for alien beings.||
by Sarah Kaplan
The Washington Post
Now, citing data collected by NASA’s Galileo probe more than two decades ago, scientists report that giant jets of water are spouting more than 100 miles off that moon’s surface. The study, published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy, adds to the mounting evidence that Europa is spewing its contents into space.
If the existence of the plumes is confirmed and they are linked to Europa’s ocean, they could provide a tantalizingly straightforward way to sample the moon in search of signs of life….
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Author: Frank Warren