Jupiter’s moon Europa has a shallow lake

November 17th, 2011 - 8:39 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Nov 17 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists have announced that they have the best evidence yet of water on Jupiter. In a new study which was published in the Nature journal, the scientists say the water is located inside the crust of one of the planet’s moon called Europa.

The finding is encouraging because the sign of water could point to the possibility that the planet can support life. Man has been hunting for another habitable planet for decades. The scientists say the water is found 30 kilometers beneath the surface of the moon.

Though the research offers massive promise, the next challenge is how the scientists could get the water out. The surface of the Europa moon is made of thick icy layer which cannot easily be broken.

University of Edinburgh’s glaciologist Martin Siegert told BBC that, “You get freezing [water] between the cracks… so you end up with the existing ice cemented in with new ice. The underside then freezes again, which causes the uplifting; its pretty neat.”

Space scientists have for years tried to reach Europa. BBC reports that US and European space scientists plan to get on the moons of Jupiter before or just after the end of the next decade.

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