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Europa is considered to be one of the best candidates for extraterrestrial life of any kind in the solar system, and NASA has some surprising news to share.
“Spoiler alert: NOT aliens,” the space agency tweeted, in case anyone wanted to get their hopes up though.
“Astronomers will present results from a unique Europa observing campaign that resulted in surprising evidence of activity that may be related to the presence of a subsurface ocean on Europa,” the agency explained in a full press statement.
Could we expect solid proof of an ocean on Europa? NASA will reveal all later
NASA used images from the Hubble Space Telescope to glean information about the Jovian moon.
It’s believed that Europa hosts a sub-surface ocean underneath its icy exterior, so speculation centres on whether more evidence for the ocean has been uncovered by Hubble and astronomers.
The press conference is expected to kick off at 2pm EDT (8pm SAST) on Monday.
It won’t be the last time the institution focuses on the moon either, as the agency is working on the Europa Clipper mission (set to launch in the 2020s).
Featured image: NASA