NASA To Reveal New Discoveries On Oceans Beyond Earth

Posted: Apr 12 2017, 10:02am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 12 2017, 10:07am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
NASA to Reveal New Discoveries on Oceans Beyond Earth
Credit: NASA

The space agency will hold a new conference Thursday to present new findings on ocean worlds in our solar system

We may be about to read some exciting information on ocean worlds beyond Earth.

On Thursday, NASA will hold a news conference to present new findings on water worlds in our solar system and these findings will be based on observations taken from both the Hubble Space Telescope and the Cassini mission.

The event will be held at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington and will witness participation of experts across the country. The details of the event has not been disclosed but it will provide information on future ocean world exploration – including NASA’s upcoming Europa Clipper mission planned for launch in the 2020s – and the broader search for life beyond Earth.

The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has made numerous interesting discoveries over the course of its 13-year long mission. Among the most striking ones is global ocean within the Saturn’s moon Enceladus and liquid methane seas on another moon, Titan. Evidences suggest that Jupiter’s moon Europa also harbors a massive ocean underneath its icy crust. These findings reinforce the idea that Earth is not the only place in the solar system that maintains water in liquid form. However, it is the only place where water is held on its surface.

The presence of water on a surface also indicates the likelihood of some sort of life. The ability to detect this extraterrestrial life may still be years away, but the quest is underway. For instance, NASA will launch Europa Clipper mission in the early 2020s. The spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter after many years of journey and make a number of close flybys of its moon Europa. The mission will investigate Europa’s habitability by directly analyzing material from the surface and observing the characteristics of the ocean.

The experts from NASA and its partner institutions will attempt to address questions about life and ocean worlds beyond Earth on April 13th press conference.

Source: NASA

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