Since we first launched probes into space back in the Cold War era, humankind has sought to study and explore outer space. Beyond our solar system, beyond our humble galaxy The Milky Way, lies a whole universe of galaxies and planets, some of which could potentially support or even actually have life on them. What sort of cultures could they have, if they have even evolved to that level of sentience?
For the longest time, we’ve looked to the red planet, Mars, for any sort of signs of life, which has in turn fed the lifeblood of science fiction for nearly two centuries. However, new work by NASA may have found another, less likely, candidate for this coveted position.
New research by NASA has unearthed activity that could mean there is life in our solar system. Europa is one of Jupiter’s 67 moons, as well as the sixth closest, and it has a large ocean beneath its icy exterior, which in turn, affects the probability of there being some type of life, or even life form, on the moon. Well, that may soon come closer to fact as NASA will hold a press briefing at 14:00 ET (19:00 GMT) on Monday, broadcast via a live video stream. NASA officials issued this statement about it:
“Astronomers will present results from a unique Europa observing campaign that resulted in surprising evidence of activity that may be related to the presence of a subsurface ocean on Europa.”
The stream will feature images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers believe this underground ocean is in contact with Europa’s rocky mantle, thus possibly creating a number of chemical reactions, only enhancing the possibility of there being life. This could be tied to 2012 observations of plumes of water vapor erupting from the moon’s surface.
This article originally appeared on Viral Thread.