The scientists published the geyser on potentially habitable Europe.
NASA using the Hubble space telescope has recorded water geysers on Europa is the smallest of the four outdoor Galileo Galilei moons of Jupiter, inside which scientists do not exclude the presence of life.
The height of the water emission in the South pole area Europe up to 200 kilometers. Then the liquid is, apparently, falling back on the satellite. For Europe, the researchers observed for 15 months. During this time the satellite is in transit passed through the disk of Jupiter, which allowed to track the three irregular case the activity of the geysers. Scientists believe that their observations make it possible to study ice of Europa’s ocean without drilling.
Previously, the Agency warned about a new evidence of the activity of the internal reservoir in the heavenly body.
Europe is one of the main candidates for the source of extraterrestrial life in the Solar system. Under the icy surface of Europa may be hiding an ocean of ice or layer of viscous ice. Salt water beneath the surface of Jupiter’s moon may be two times more than in the oceans on Earth. The Hubble telescope in 2012 was first detected on Europa water geysers. On Earth, similar to the European conditions are observed, for example, in the hydrothermal fields of the Lost city Mid-Atlantic ridge.
Currently Jupiter is near the automatic station Juno (Jupiter Polar Orbiter). It does not include the study of Europe — is designed to study the magnetosphere of a gas giant. By 2022, Airbus Defence and Space will build the European space Agency interplanetary station JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer), designed for large-scale study of ice-oceans of the three moons of Jupiter (Europa, Ganymede and Callisto) with the aim of finding them suitable conditions for life. Explore Europe is planned using the Webb space telescope, which is expected to launch in 2018.