Data from the 1990s suggests NASA’s Galileo spacecraft flew through a water plume bursting up from Jupiter’s Europa.
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A new look at old data is giving scientists a fresh reason to view Europa, a moon of Jupiter, as a leading candidate in the search for life beyond Earth, with evidence of water plumes shooting into space.Galileo was passing 200 kilometers above Europa's surface when it apparently flew through the plume.The findings support other evidence of plumes from Europa, whose ocean may contain twice the volume of all Earth's oceans.A bit smaller that Earth's moon, Europa's ocean resides under an ice layer 15 to 25 km thick, with an estimated depth of 60 to 150 km.
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