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NASA To Reveal ‘Surprising Activity’ On Europa On Sept. 26

23 September 2016, 7:10 am EDT By Kalyan Kumar Tech Times
NASA will hold a press conference on Monday, Sept. 26, to announce ‘some surprising activity’ on Europa. The photo is an artist's concept of Europa water vapor plumes.  ( NASA/ESA/K. Retherford/SWRI )

On Monday, NASA will tell the world about its new findings on Europa. The U.S. space agency has hinted that the media call will be discussing "some surprising activity" on Jupiter's icy moon.

To be held at 2 p.m. EDT, the Sept. 26 press conference will harp on Europa's surprising activity with the limelight on NASA images obtained from the agency's Hubble Space Telescope.

At the media call, NASA will be presenting results about the Europa mission, with data compiled on the ocean underneath Jupiter's moon..

According to a press release, the teleconference will be hosted by NASA officials such as Paul Hertz, director of the Astrophysics Division in Washington, William Sparks, Britney Schmidt and Jennifer Wiseman, who is the senior project scientist at NASA's Center in Maryland.

Curiosity About Alien Life

NASA's focus on Europa started off with its mission in 1989 when it sent a spacecraft to Jupiter for studying mystery moons.

That mission has proved productive and yielded good insights into solar system bodies, with evidence of Europa's presumed underlying ocean whose surface is marked by a frozen crust of unlimited thickness.

In 2015, NASA gave its projections of Europa and said it expects abundant salt water and a rocky sea floor with energy from heating to make Europa the ideal candidate to look for present-day life beyond "our home planet."

NASA's passion on Europa was also reflected in the words of NASA science chief John Grunsfeld who called up scientists to consider a mission to Jupiter's smallest icy moon to probe for alien life.

Speculations about alien life in Europa were also reported by Tech Times.

NASA scientists have been optimistic about Europa's underneath ocean's potential and the chemical balance remarkably similar to the ones on Earth suggesting an abundance of hydrogen and oxygen.

It is expected that the NASA press meet might shed new light on the liquid ocean of Europa, by corroborating new facts on the smoothness of Europa's surface and water vapor plumes noticed on its surface.

According to reports, the first spacecraft for Europa may blast off in 2022. In the long run, tourist space flights can be possible for Europa.

Europa was discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610 and is 4.5 billion years old. It has a diameter of 1,900 miles (3,100 km) and is smaller than Earth's moon and the smallest of all Galilean moons.

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