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 Lua de Júpiter tem os ingredientes da vida infographic
A infografia mostra a estrutura do Europa e a localização dos cristais de anidrido carbónico gelado detetados pelo Telescópio Espacial James Webb.


Lua de Júpiter Europa tem os ingredientes da vida

By Phil Bainbridge

September 27, 2023 - Imagens do Telescópio Espacial James Webb revelam que a lua de
Júpiter, Europa, pode conter anidrido carbónico no oceano por baixo da superfície gelada, podendo albergar condições favoráveis à vida.

Europa is one of a handful of worlds in our solar system that could potentially sustain life. Previous research has shown that beneath its water-ice crust lies a salty ocean of liquid water with a rocky seafloor, with salt detected at the surface by Hubble in 2019.

Two independent studies, based on images from JWST, have now concluded that frozen crystals of carbon dioxide found on the surface of Europa originated in the ocean, and not from any external source. The highest concentrations were found in an area known as Tara Regio, a geologically young area of “chaos terrain”, so called because when plumes of warmer water rise to the surface the ice melts, breaks and refreezes, forming chaotic patterns and angles.

The rising water, it is suspected, brings carbon dioxide, salt and other material to the surface, much like deep ocean hydrothermal vents on Earth.

PUBLISHED: 27/09/2023; STORY: Graphic News