The ocean of Europe turned out to be more similar to the Earth’s than previously thought.

When the Voyager and Galileo apparatuses, which explored Europe, sent data on the signs

the presence of the ocean on Jupiter’s satellite, it instilled inscientists hope for the existence of life in Europe. However, a more detailed study showed that water ice on the surface of a cosmic body contains traces of magnesium sulphate salts - or Espoma salts.

Since the bark of Europe is young withgeologically, this meant that salts could have risen from being located beneath the surface of the ocean — this significantly reduced the likelihood of life in it.

Now scientists using a spectrograph,installed at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, re-analyzed the composition of water ice on the surface of Europe. The study showed that magnesium sulfate salts disappeared from the satellite surface.

Scientists have tested the data withusing the Hubble telescope, which made a spectral scan of the surface of a cosmic body in the visible range at 450 nm and confirmed the absence of matter.

Discovery means that the ocean of Europe is likeEarth is much more than scientists previously believed - it contains a lot of sodium chloride. The discovery also increases the likelihood that life exists in it.

Earlier it was reported that NASA is consideringthe possibility of sending a nuclear reactor rig to Jupiter Europe’s satellite. The research staff will study the exoplanet undersea ocean for the presence of life in it.