An international research team led by NASA's Maryland Space Center at Maryland for the first time has detected water vapor above the surface of the Jupiter-Europe moon.
Using the WM Keck Observatory in Hawaii, scientists were able to measure water vapor.
"Confirming that water vapor is present over Europe helps scientists better understand the inner workings of the moon," NASA said in a statement released Monday. "For example, it helps to support the notion that scientists are convinced that there is a liquid water ocean, probably twice the size of Earth, that is sinking beneath the ice shell as thick as this moon."
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Scientists have found enough water leaking from Europe to fill an Olympic size pool in seconds. However, water rarely appears, at least in terms of quantities visible from Earth. The results are reported in the journal Nature Astronomy.
"The basic chemical elements (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur) and energy sources, two of the three requirements for life, are found everywhere. solar system. But the third – liquid water – is a little difficult to find beyond Earth, "says Lucas Paganini, a planetary scientist at NASA who is leading the investigation into the discovery of water. "While scientists have not yet directly discovered the liquid water, we have found the next best thing: steam-shaped water."
In 2013, hydrogen and oxygen were discovered in plums in Europe by scientists from the Hubble Space Telescope.  Click here to get the application of FOX NEWS
The upcoming Europa Clipper mission, which is expected to launch in mid-2020, will shed even more light on the potentially habitable moon.
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