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Is Europa our best chance for finding life ?

By T.K. Randall
August 31, 2009 · Comment icon 7 comments

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NASA are investing over four billion dollars over the next decade to developing and launching a mission to Jupiter's icy moon Europa in a bid to discover if there is alien life living beneath the frozen surface.
The crackling radiation would kill you in 10 minutes—that is, if you did not first asphyxiate in the nearly nonexistent atmosphere, die of exposure to the –300 degree Fahrenheit temperature, or plunge into a thousand-foot-deep icy crevice.


Source: Discover Magazine | Comments (7)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by sevendaydemon 15 years ago
This, being all based on the assumption that this solar system is 100% void of intelligent beings (beside ourselves) that for good reason, may not want to be found (a glance at our neighbouring planets reveals that something unpleasant has happened over the billions of years its been around). Maybe if we started searching for life different to ours we might have better results. Life on Earth evolved as it has for a good reason: Because it evolved on Earth. I would wager that life that evolved on Mars would be radically different to what we see down here. Life as we know it exists on Earth, lif... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by Soniadora 15 years ago
This, being all based on the assumption that this solar system is 100% void of intelligent beings (beside ourselves) that for good reason, may not want to be found (a glance at our neighbouring planets reveals that something unpleasant has happened over the billions of years its been around). Maybe if we started searching for life different to ours we might have better results. Life on Earth evolved as it has for a good reason: Because it evolved on Earth. I would wager that life that evolved on Mars would be radically different to what we see down here. Life as we know it exists on Earth, lif... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by DieChecker 15 years ago
Well, unless it looks like a rock or a pile of sand we should be able to identify it by its complexity if nothing else. I would suspect any alien life would fall into either microbial, plant or animal definitions, given a lot of latitude.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Mario Lemieux 15 years ago
Maybe there's life that thrives in radiation
Comment icon #5 Posted by Sardukar 15 years ago
I would wager that life that evolved on Mars would be radically different to what we see down here.Life as we know it exists on Earth, life anywhere else will be different in a varying number of ways. I'd wager the opposite. I reckon the fundamental basis for all life on Earth will develop on other similair planets, in which Mars at one point was very much like. There's really not much reason for life to develop radically different to what it is like on Earth (we are talking fundamentally here not 4 legs 1 head, 2 eyes etc specifics).
Comment icon #6 Posted by Cookes453 15 years ago
In my opinion, our best chance for finding intelligent life equal to or greater than humans, is to build a starship capable of warp drive, or some propulsion system that is very close to that speed. If we don't, then it's going to take us Humans a very long time to visit those planets that are many, many, light-years away. I have faith that we'll find stuff like bacteria close to home, but I doubt we'll be finding intelligent complex life-forms unless we journey far into the cosmos light-years away from Earth. However, I can't rule out the possibility that there may be complex life-forms livin... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by spyder_21 15 years ago
In my opinion, I think it is possible to find "Human" type life forms on other planets. With the billions and billions of stars out there, there must/has to be one planet just like ours. Think about it if it was NOT possible that another planet could be like ours, then we would not even exist, as then it would not be possible for our planet as well.


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