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Europa moon ‘spewing water jets’

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Further evidence has been obtained to show that Jupiter’s icy moon Europa throws jets of water out into space.
Scientists first reported the behaviour in 2013 using the Hubble telescope, but have now made a follow-up sighting.
It is significant because Europa, with its huge subsurface ocean of liquid water, is one of the most likely places to find microbial life beyond Earth.
Flying through the jets with an instrumented spacecraft would be an effective way to test the possibility.
One could even attempt to capture a sample of ejected material and bring it back to Earth for more detailed biological analysis.
“We do not claim to have proven the existence of plumes, but rather to have contributed evidence that such activity may be present.”
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37473617