LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted possible water plumes spewing from one of Jupiter’s icy moons.
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: 23-Year-Old Charged With Molesting Woman in Santa Ana Store
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.READ MORE: Riverside Adds 419 New COVID-19 Cases, 12 Deaths; San Bernardino Reports 253 Cases, 22 Deaths
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: Pasadena's Lucky Boy Burgers Sues Postmates Alleging Unfair Business Practices
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