Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

NASA to reveal new discoveries on oceans worlds in our solar system

NASA to reveal new discoveries on oceans worlds in our solar system

Does life exist beyond our Earth?

Ever since Voyager 2 beamed home spectacular images of the planets in the 1980s, planet-lovers have been hooked on auroras on other planets. These are some of the questions that pop up in everyone's mind but alien life remains a mystery.

The announcements will be related particularly to findings from the agency's Saturn probe Cassini spacecraft and the Hubble space telescope, NASA said in a statement.

NASA has scheduled a major press conference where it plans to reveal a new discovery about 'ocean worlds in our solar system'.

One wrote on Twitter: "Alien oceans in Earth's solar system?".

The agency will reveal results that will inform the "broader search for life beyond Earth" at the mysterious event.

The discoveries were reportedly made using the Hubble space telescope and NASA's Cassini craft - now orbiting Saturn.

A question-and-answer session will take place during the event with the journalists on site and by phone. The panel will include scientists from the Cassini and Hubble missions, as well as NASA's planetary exploration and science directorates.

"By watching the auroras over time, they collected the first direct evidence that these powerful shimmering regions rotate with the planet", NASA said.

However, it has been suggested that the discovery relates to Jupiter's sixth moon Europa.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn since 2004 to make detailed observations of the ringed planet and its many moons.

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