On Jupiter's Moon Europa, More Tantalizing Signs of Giant Water Plumes

September 26, 2016 8:04 PM

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On Jupiter's Moon Europa, More Tantalizing Signs of Giant Water Plumes

Good news on the alien-life-hunting front: The towering plumes emanating from Jupiter's ocean-harboring moon Europa appear to be real.

In late 2012, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope spotted what seemed to be 125-mile-high (200 kilometers) geysers of water vapor erupting from Europa's south polar region. This news was exciting for astrobiologists and space geeks alike, for it suggested that a robotic probe may be able to sample Europa'...

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