Life On Other Planets?

There is always the question: is there life on other planets. There answer is out there, but will be a matter of time before we find out. The thing is that this question has befuddled man since the discovery of space travel. Astronomers have discovered that Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, has a moon that might have had the goods to sustain life.

Europa was first discovered on January 7, 1610 by Galileo Galilei. Europa is a moon of Jupiter, which is the largest planet in the solar system. It has an icy crust, a subsurface ocean, and a volcanic seafloor. The surface of the moon is very cold and is surprisingly active and smooth. There are geysers that shoot hot steam into the atmosphere…if it had one. The biggest things on the moon are only about one hundred meters high. The terrain is similar to that of earth.

Astronomers believe there to be water under the icy crust of Europa. If there is water, there would be the possibility for life. The conditions there on the surface are cold and what seems to be lifeless yet it’s active. The geysers shoot hot steam into the air. The surface is also quite smooth. Terrain on the moon is similar to that of Earth.

The possibility remains for there being life on Jupiter’s moon. There have been satellites that have estimated that about 50 meters below the crust there is water. The water might be frozen is the only problem because the temperature gets to about -260°F. Europa is quite a distance from the sun, but strong gravitational tides caused by Jupiter’s powerful pull could create the internal heat necessary for maintaining liquid water.

In conclusion, the likelihood of there being life on one of Jupiter’s moons is unlikely do to the frigid temperatures making it hard for anything to survive. There is still the possibility of water that remains and that can be a major factor for life. The surface is quite habitable but is kind of barren. The question of if life can thrive on Europa has yet to be discovered.

  • Do you think life on other planets is possible?
  • Could there have previously been life on Europa?
  • Can Europa be habited being that there are similar conditions to the moon such as no atmosphere?


4 thoughts on “Life On Other Planets?

  1. This is a interesting topic to talk about because it could in fact be true that there is life on other plants. NASA scientist do believe we are not alone in the universe. NASA = has already discovered more than 5,000 planets that could sustain life and many more are likely to be found. I also found a link that would be helpful to strengthen your research.

  2. This has always been a debatable topic for as long as I can remember. People have estimated what aliens look like in movies but I am curious if that is really it. There have also been a lot of ‘sightings’ of UFO’s in our air space. I feel like people want to believe that there is life outside of earth, but also are scared to come to the realization that that’s a possibility. I read an article from I realized from these paragraphs that there are so many other planets and galaxy’s in our solar system and why would only one planet have life? I think it is completely possible to be extraterrestrial life forms. The question is will we ever have the chance in our lifetime to see or have solid evidence of this? I don’t think we will in my lifetime. It takes hundreds of years just to get info to these planets more or less to find aliens.

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