NASA said Monday the workhorse telescope detected the activity in the south pole of Europa where an ocean is thought to exist beneath its icy crust.READ MORE: Gov. Newsom, Lawmakers Reach Agreement To Bring Back COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Through September
If the finding is confirmed, Europa would be the second moon in the solar system where water plumes have been detected. The Cassini spacecraft previously spied jets erupting from the surface of the Saturn moon Enceladus (ehn-SEHL’-uh-duhs).READ MORE: Oakland Police Arrest Suspect In Violent Shoving of Elderly Woman In Chinatown
Scientists say the possible presence of plumes on Europa is exciting because it means any mission there may not have to drill through thick ice to study the underground ocean.
In 2012, Hubble found hints of water vapor venting from Europa’s south pole, but didn’t see anything in follow-up observations.MORE NEWS: Coroner Identifies Man Fatally Shot By Police At San Francisco Int'l Airport
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