For the first time in history, astronomers have found traces of water vapor in Jupiter’s satellite Jupiter.
Ganymede is the largest natural satellite in the entire solar system; Wrapped in ice. According to scientists, there is an ocean of liquid water 161 km deep under the surface, where there may be a favorable environment for life.
According to NASA, while studying the data of the Hubble Space Telescope, the researchers were able to find evidence of the presence of water vapor in the thin atmosphere.
Most likely, this steam does not come from the surface ocean and is generated by the evaporation of ice on the Ganymede surface.
While the presence of water vapor says little about the potential for life on this moon, it does provide some clues as to the atmosphere of Ganymede; Until now, scientists only knew that there was oxygen there.
“Until now, we had only observed molecular oxygen in the atmosphere, which is formed when charged particles erode on an icy surface,” said Lawrence Roth, head of the research team.