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Chemistry needed for life is found on Europa

Posted on Wednesday, 10 April, 2013 | Comment icon 7 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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New research has unveiled the presence of chemicals that could indicate the moon's suitability for life.

In a new study, researchers have identified the presence of hydrogen peroxide across Europa's surface, if this manages to seep down in to the liquid oceans below then it could be an important supply of energy for primitive life forms.

"Life as we know it needs liquid water, elements like carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur, and it needs some form of chemical or light energy to get the business of life done," said lead author Kevin Hand. "Europa has the liquid water and elements, and we think that compounds like peroxide might be an important part of the energy requirement."

"A new paper led by a NASA researcher shows that hydrogen peroxide is abundant across much of the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by seeder on 10 April, 2013, 16:48
Ive always had high hopes for Europa and the possibility of life there. I cant wait for any mission to go there and get samples, if possible.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Lava_Lady on 10 April, 2013, 18:08
I hope we Land on Europa in my lifetime.
Comment icon #3 Posted by praetorian-legio XIII on 10 April, 2013, 18:44
Remember 2010(the movie) after jupiter imploded and became a sun creating a mini solar system with its moons as the systems planets, we were informed that they were for all mankind to use but that we had to stay away from europa as the same entities that guided our evolution would now guide life on europa. Just a thought.
Comment icon #4 Posted by equus hemionus on 10 April, 2013, 19:32
better living thru chemistry
Comment icon #5 Posted by Zaphod222 on 11 April, 2013, 2:43
Nobody can be sure that the chemical we assume are necessary for life are the only ones.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Esoteric Toad on 11 April, 2013, 2:58
Chemicals do not equal life. Take them all and dump them in a beaker and life will not pop into existence. I would to see us find alien life of any kind but seeing as there does not seem to be a concerted effort to get much of anything done in space anymore I have doubts we'll get there any time soon.
Comment icon #7 Posted by shrooma on 21 April, 2013, 7:59
better living thru chemistry . ;-)

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