Planets and Moons  ID: 13966

Water Vapor Detected In Europa’s Atmosphere

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope observations of Jupiter's icy moon Europa have revealed the presence of persistent water vapor — but, mysteriously, only in one hemisphere.

Europa harbors a vast ocean underneath its icy surface, which might offer conditions hospitable for life. This result advances astronomers' understanding of the atmospheric structure of icy moons, and helps lay the groundwork for planned science missions to the Jovian system to, in part, explore whether an environment half-a-billion miles from the Sun could support life.

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Additional Credits:
Artist’s Impressions of a Water Atmosphere on Europa: ESA/Hubble, J. da Silva

Galileo Spacecraft’s Image of Europa: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute

Music Credits:
"Maps of Deception" by Idriss-El-Mehdi Bennani [SACEM], Olivier Louis Perrot [SACEM], and Philippe Andre Vandenhende [SACEM] via Sound Pocket Music [PRS] and Universal Production Music.
 

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Credits

Paul Morris (KBRwyle): Lead Producer
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET): Technical Support
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. However, please credit individual items as indicated above.

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Mission:
Hubble

Keywords:
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
SVS >> Hubble Space Telescope
SVS >> Jupiter
SVS >> Galilean moons >> Europa