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More Water On Ganymede Than On Earth: Fact or Fiction?

More Water On Ganymede Than On Earth: Fact or Fiction?

More Water On Ganymede Than On Earth: Fact or Fiction?

Water is available in abundance on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. This is the first time that NASA has talked about the easy availability of water on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. Earlier these reports used to be sketchy, but the latest reports suggest that the moon orbiting Jupiter has not just water on its surface, it in fact houses massive ocean on it.

The latest assertion from NASA comes thanks to pictures taken by Hubble Space Telescope. Very powerful cameras of the Hubble Space Telescope seem to have enabled the NASA scientists to come to this conclusion.

NASA researchers have said that the a moon that is orbiting Jupiter round the clock has a massive ocean beneath its icy surface, raising the prospects for life.

galaxy 1It is needless to say that this clears many myths about the moon of the Jupiter. NASA’s Galileo spacecraft was the first source to give hints that Ganymede has a subsurface ocean during exploration of Jupiter and its moons from 1995 to 2003. Scientists told reporters on a conference call that it took some detective work to confirm the discovery.

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed that the Jupiter-orbiting moon Ganymede has an ocean beneath its icy surface, raising the prospects for life, NASA said on Thursday. The finding resolves a mystery about the largest moon in the solar system after NASA’s now-defunct Galileo spacecraft provided hints that Ganymede has a subsurface ocean during exploration of Jupiter and its moons from 1995 to 2003. Scientists told reporters on a conference call that it took some detective work to confirm the discovery.

Astronomers and other sky-watchers are elated with the news. Joachim Saur, with the University of Cologne in Germany says, “Jupiter is like a lighthouse whose magnetic field changes with the rotation of the lighthouse. It influences the aurora…With the ocean, the rocking is significantly reduced.” Researchers claim that they ran more than 100 computer models to see if anything else could be having an impact on Ganymede’s aurora. They also repeated the seven-hour, ultraviolet Hubble observations and analyzed data for both belts of aurora. “This gives us confidence in the measurement,” Saur said.

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