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Could flowers bloom on icy moon Europa ?

By T.K. Randall
May 7, 2009 · Comment icon 5 comments



Image Credit: NASA
Conditions could be right for plant life to grow and even flower on Jupiter's icy moon Europa a prominent physicist has claimed. Freeman Dyson believes future missions to Europa should keep an eye out for flowers there.
Physicist and futurist Freeman Dyson says we should search for extraterrestrial life where it is easiest to find, even if the conditions there are not ideal for life as we know it. Specifically, he says spacecraft should look for flowers similar to those found in Earth's Arctic regions on icy moons and comets in the outer solar system."


Source: New Scientist | Comments (5)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by BlackRedLittleDevil 15 years ago
Image credit: NASA Conditions could be right for plant life to grow and even flower on Jupiter's icy moon Europa a prominent physicist has claimed. Freeman Dyson believes future missions to Europa should keep an eye out for flowers there. "Physicist and futurist Freeman Dyson says we should search for extraterrestrial life where it is easiest to find, even if the conditions there are not ideal for life as we know it. Specifically, he says spacecraft should look for flowers similar to those found in Earth's Arctic regions on icy moons and comets in the outer solar system." View: Full Articl... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by SincereVisionz 15 years ago
I wouldn't doubt it at all. If plant life and tubeworms can thrive at the deepest points of the earth at the mariana trench next to boiling thermal vents then im sure some crazy biology can spring up inside Europa.
Comment icon #3 Posted by fuzzy1 15 years ago
they always say stuff about life on othermoons or planrets or whatever but they havent even stopped to think about going to our moon its tons closer then even mars but there have been no probes there that i know of and one visit by humans ( if it wasnt a govt conspiricy ) why shouldnt they take a closer look at what is right in front of them heaven knows how much thay will save or reasearch gained by doing it
Comment icon #4 Posted by behaviour??? 15 years ago
For a flower to grow they need soil , water and oxygen...So does the scientist states that people can live in Europa? I doubt it...If it was then with the discovery of Europa this would have turned up THanks B???
Comment icon #5 Posted by ROGER 15 years ago
they always say stuff about life on othermoons or planrets or whatever but they havent even stopped to think about going to our moon its tons closer then even mars but there have been no probes there that i know of and one visit by humans ( if it wasnt a govt conspiricy ) why shouldnt they take a closer look at what is right in front of them heaven knows how much thay will save or reasearch gained by doing it You have an interesting view of the last 50 years of U.S. and NASA history.


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