This comes after the space agency's claims that Jupiter's moon Europa has strong evidence of liquid water deep beneath its crust
NASA is set to unveil a 'surprise activity' in connection with Jupiter today. The announcement has already got the guesswork going.
Following claims that Jupiter's moon Europa has strong evidence of liquid water deep beneath its crust, which could be favourable for life, astronomers from the US space agenct will present their Europa observations that led to the surprise findings at 11.30 pm Indian time (2 pm EDT).
After a five-year expedition, NASA's Juno spacecraft has sent the first set of images of Jupiter's north pole and auroras rippling across its southern pole, during the spacecraft's first flyby of the planet with its instruments switched on.
The images show storm systems and weather activity unlike anything seen before on any of our solar system's gas-giant planets, NASA was reported as saying.
"First glimpse of Jupiter's north pole, and it looks like nothing we have seen or imagined before," said Scott Bolton, Principal Investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, IANS reported.
"It's bluer in colour up there than other parts of the planet, and there are a lot of storms," Bolton noted," he said.
NASA had announced last year that it intends to send a robotic spacecraft, equipped with a suite of scientific instruments, to circle Europa in the 2020s.
Monday's announcement will be made in the presence of Paul Hertz, NASA`s Director of astrophysics and William Sparks, astronomer with the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.
(WION with inputs from agencies)