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Will we find life on Europa ?

By T.K. Randall
June 23, 2009 · Comment icon 11 comments



Image Credit: NASA
Jupiter's moon Europa remains one of the most promising possibilities for finding life in the solar system. The icy world is thought to have a liquid ocean underneath its frozen shell where life forms could potentially exist.
Jupiter's Europa. One of the most interesting non-Earth locations in the solar system. Never mind ice and occasional puddles, this moon has entire oceans - and where there's water, we can't help but hope there's life. Recent results show that there are heat sources to drive evolution of such as well, but there's still debate over what's actually going on in there."


Source: Daily Galaxy | Comments (11)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by stevewinn 14 years ago
Yes i believe it will. We should have paused certain missions and threw everything at missions to Europa. because i just have a feeling life exists there. if it turns out lifeless i'll be gutted.
Comment icon #3 Posted by behaviour??? 14 years ago
The Future is in space............. Thanks B???
Comment icon #4 Posted by Odetth 14 years ago
Europa has always been one of my favorite moons. Irrelevent: yes.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Zac Rumple 14 years ago
There won't be life on it. The only way that there could be life is if evolution was possible. Life doesn't come from nothing. Sure, organisms within species change to better adapt their environment, but they don't change into an entirely different species. Evolution is bull ****, therefore there will be no life on that moon.
Comment icon #6 Posted by pumpkin_head 14 years ago
There won't be life on it. The only way that there could be life is if evolution was possible. Life doesn't come from nothing. Sure, organisms within species change to better adapt their environment, but they don't change into an entirely different species. Evolution is bull ****, therefore there will be no life on that moon. I think it would be best for all involved, if you kept things like this to yourself.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Alex01 14 years ago
There won't be life on it. The only way that there could be life is if evolution was possible. Life doesn't come from nothing. Sure, organisms within species change to better adapt their environment, but they don't change into an entirely different species. Evolution is bull ****, therefore there will be no life on that moon. Well you sir have quite a twisted self-definition of evolution. Please inform yourself before posting. Welcome to UM.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Torgo 14 years ago
I honestly think that the most likely abode for life in our solar system outside the Earth is the upper atmosphere of Venus - it may have had oceans for a brief period early in its history, above the cloud decks theres 1.5 times the sunlight as here in a 30 degree Celsius and 3 bar layer... plenty of CO2 and sulfur in the clouds, water can be created from sulfuric acid... life could have originated like it did on our world, in the ocean, and adapted and evolved to a new habitat as the planet went to hell...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Sardukar 14 years ago
I think one of the advantages to Europa having life is that it happens to orbit the largest body in our solar system, so it'll have had lots of space junk thrown at it, and hopefully some carbon molecules. There won't be life on it. The only way that there could be life is if evolution was possible. Life doesn't come from nothing. Sure, organisms within species change to better adapt their environment, but they don't change into an entirely different species. Evolution is bull ****, therefore there will be no life on that moon. lol
Comment icon #10 Posted by danielost 14 years ago
I think one of the advantages to Europa having life is that it happens to orbit the largest body in our solar system, so it'll have had lots of space junk thrown at it, and hopefully some carbon molecules. lol You forget that that planet is also a huge radiation sink.
Comment icon #11 Posted by wolemrock 14 years ago
we may never know, what if life already evolved there, like real mermen and mermaids like creatures with an existing civilization... cool...


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