NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Study Our Solar System’s “Ocean Worlds”

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will use its infrared capabilities to study the “ocean worlds” of Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus, adding to observations previously made by NASA’s Galileo and Cassini orbiters. The Webb telescope’s observations could also help guide future missions to the icy moons. _more ⇒

 

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Possible spectroscopy results from one of Europa’s water plumes. This is an example of the data the Webb telescope could return.
Credits: NASA-GSFC/SVS, Hubble Space Telescope, Stefanie Milam, Geronimo Villanueva
This spectra was created using NASA’s Planetary Spectrum Generator

 

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Artist rendering showing an interior cross-section of the crust of Enceladus, which shows how hydrothermal activity may be causing the plumes of water at the moon’s surface.

Credits: NASA-GSFC/SVS, NASA/JPL-Caltech/Southwest Research Institute

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