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 resources
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?