NASA: Uranus' moons may hold water

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NASA has discovered evidence that four of Uranus' largest moons may contain water.


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Scientists found evidence of hydrogen and oxygen, the key components of water, in the plumes of gas released from the moons.


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The possibility of liquid water on the moons is significant because water is one of the main ingredients required for life.

Liquid Water

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The four moons in question are Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, and Oberon. All of these moons are large enough to hold subsurface oceans.


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The discovery was made as part of a broader effort to explore the outer solar system.

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The next step for scientists is to use the James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in 2021, to study the moons in more detail.

James Webb Space Telescope

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The discovery of water on Uranus' moons is an exciting development that could provide new insights into the search for life beyond Earth.


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