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NASA’s Europa teleconference isn’t about aliens


For all of you alien enthusiasts out there who have been drooling over the possibilities of alien life on Jupiter’s Europa, there’s some bad news as NASA has said that its September 26 teleconference isn’t about aliens.

This means that the hype and the rumours that more or less dawned the science section of major online publishers aren’t true and that NASA hasn’t found any aliens on Europa. It all started after NASA announced that it is going to host a teleconference on September 26 to reveal evidence of surprising activity on Jupiter’s moon Europa.

“Astronomers will present results from a unique Europa observing campaign that resulted in surprising evidence of activity that may be related to the presence of a subsurface ocean on Europa”, read the statement from NASA when it announced the teleconference for the first time.

This short press release effectively sent the world of online media into an alien frenzy with even major publications trumpeting the possibility that NASA had found alien life on Europa and that the space agency was going to reveal all about it during the teleconference. The statement doesn’t hint in any way at discovery of alien life or any related evidence; however, hundreds of thousands of people on Twitter and other social networks felt that NASA was going to talk about aliens on Europa.

If this wasn’t it, even major media houses covered the report and while they did reveal about the agenda of the conference, they didn’t refrain from giving the teleconference a sensational twist by implying that the US space agency will be revealing something about alien life on the planet.

That’s not the case, NASA has confirmed. After Twitter and other social networks alongside major publishers on the internet started the alien frenzy, NASA decided that enough was enough and it was better to stem the rumour mill before more number of people get their hopes up about possible alien life in the solar system. NASA sent out a tweet: “Monday, we’ll announce new findings from Jupiter’s moon Europa. Spoiler alert: NOT aliens.”

One of the reasons why there were so many people who were talking about aliens on Europa is that Europa most probably has sub-surface ocean and this ocean, scientists believe, could have the capability of harbouring life in some form. Despite having a frozen surface, the sub-surface ocean is believed to be in liquid form because of the strong heat generated by the strong tidal forces caused by Jupiter’s gravity.

With aliens now out of the equation, the teleconference will most likely be about more proof that NASA would have found regarding existence of the ocean.