On Thursday, 13 April 2017, NASA will hold a press conference at which it will discuss new discoveries related to ocean worlds found within our solar system. Learning more about ocean worlds could help in the agency’s search for life beyond Earth. From its headquarters in Washington, the US Space agency will present the fresh findings come from the Cassini spacecraft, which was launched in 1997 and arrived at its destination orbiting Saturn in 2004 and the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA will broadcast the new findings on its television channel and website. Also, NASA will not announce that they have actually discovered life beyond this planet as of yet. NASA plans to further analyse ocean worlds in our solar system, including through the recently named Europa Clipper mission.
Europa Clipper Mission
Europa, a small moon, a little smaller than Earth’s moon is one of the Jupiter’s sixty-seven moons and has long been believed to be one of the perfect nominees in this solar system capable of supporting extra-terrestrial life. Moreover, Europa’s ocean is almost ten times deeper than the oceans on planet Earth.
Set for a launch in the 2020s, Europa Clipper is a mission in development by NASA comprising an orbiter and a lander. Basically, researchers want to know whether Europa could support life in its ocean.
As we know, the presence of water is believed to be one of the most important elements when it comes to establishing the existence of life.
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