The Keck II telescope and OSIRIS spectrometer have revealed new details of what lies in Europa's oceans.
What might seem at first glance to be an icy and barren world, Europa's subterranean ocean of liquid water makes it a prime candidate in the hunt for alien life in our solar system. By analyzing the light reflected from the surface, scientists have been able to determine that some of the material they are looking at is likely to be salt deposited there from water welling up from the depths.
"There’s evidence that the oceans are very much in composition like our oceans," said Caltech scientist Mike Brown. "We know they’re nice places for life."
"Using the Keck II telescope and OSIRIS spectrometer on a mountain in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, scientists from Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have discovered what lies beneath the frozen surface of Jupiter's moon Europa."
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