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Life on one of Jupiter moons: Europa ?

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GHeather

GHeather Report 30 Jul 2013 21:06

One of the moons of Jupiter: Europa, could have a ocean under it's ice surface which may be capable of supporting life! What could this extraterrestrial life look like, perhaps like weird looking sea creatures in our deep oceans ? The Galileo spacecraft gave us lots of information about Europa, and now they are planning a return to find out much more about this strange moon! Any thoughts...

GHeather

GHeather Report 30 Jul 2013 21:09

The other moons around Jupiter are also very interesting, but Europa is the one that could have life! Strange but true!

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 30 Jul 2013 21:14

"Under a thick crust of ice, Europa might have an ocean warmed by tidal interactions with Jupiter. This tidal flexing could also produce a geologically active core that might in turn create hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor"

if that is the case then life forms there could be similar to that found close to the hydrothermal vents on earth I guess?

"Although hydrothermal vents are what we would consider a harsh environment, they are teeming (abundant) with life. As long as the vents remain active, which is usually one to two years, animals thrive there. In fact, more than 300 species live around the vents and are unique to this type of environment. These creatures, including tubeworms, fish, crabs, shrimp, clams, anemones and chemosynthetic bacteria, have learned to survive the complete darkness, the extremely hot vent water and the tremendous water pressure."

It's interesting, but I can't help but feel the money might be better spent on protecting the ocean life we have here first?

GHeather

GHeather Report 30 Jul 2013 21:15

While on this subject: I wonder if planet Mars ever had life on it ? It may have, further research going on... interesting! Also, we think our Sun is massive, but... there is a Sun in the Universe called: NML Cygni, that you could fit a billion Earth sized objects into it, and still have room! WOW!!!

GHeather

GHeather Report 30 Jul 2013 21:17

Thanks for that RamblingRose, interesting! :-D

Dermot

Dermot Report 30 Jul 2013 22:11

'As humans, we can identify galaxies light-years away, study particles smaller than an atom, but we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter than sits between our ears'. (The Philadelphia Trumpet - May/June 2013).

GHeather

GHeather Report 30 Jul 2013 22:34

Well, that's a good point Dermot. We are working on it! lol :-D

Bobtanian

Bobtanian Report 30 Jul 2013 22:37

Arthur C Clarke said it first!!

GHeather

GHeather Report 31 Jul 2013 13:42

One of Jupiter other moons: Ganymede, may also have a liquid ocean under it's surface; it also has a magnetosphere, need to check out what that means...The Russians plan to land a spacecraft on it in the future...

GHeather

GHeather Report 31 Jul 2013 13:42

One of Jupiter other moons: Ganymede, may also have a liquid ocean under it's surface; it also has a magnetosphere, need to check out what that means...The Russians plan to land a spacecraft on it in the future...