December 16, 2013

Water Vapor Erupting from Europa

Amy Shira Teitel, Motherboard

The Associated Press

With a couple of weeks still before the end of the year, there’s enough time to crown a new discovery the greatest find of 2013: last week, scientists confirmed that there are massive water vapor plumes 20 times the height of Mt. Everest coming from Jupiter’s moon Europa. If we needed more evidence that a dedicated mission to this distant moon is a great idea, we just got it.

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TAGGED: Life, Europa, Jupiter's Moons, Water


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