Europa, icy moon of Jupiter, could harbor life

One of the challenges of the 21st century in Astrobiology is research, a
through the Galileo probe, which orbits Jupiter, of the characteristics
from its icy moon Europe and the possibility of it harboring life. Olivier Grasset, deputy director of the Laboratory of Planetology and Geodynamics at the University of Nantes, has participated in the XII International School of Astrobiology "Josep Comas i Solà"
and has exposed the conclusion of "the existence of an ocean on the moon
Europe ", and that" surely it is the only place in the Solar System
-In addition to the Earth- with habitability possibilities. "

Regarding the depth of the ocean,
there is still no precise data and it will take another mission of the probe
Galileo. Regarding Jupiter, Grasset has defined it as "the archetype
of the giant planets "and stressed that he is" capable of showing the
history of the formation of our planetary system ".

The researcher of the University of
Nantes has also made reference to the forms of research in the
Land of hostile territories like Lake Vostok, which are presented to us
as "an opportunity to extrapolate data". This investigation we
shows how a lake blocked by the ice of Antarctica for years
it has remained sealed hiding unknown life forms. The
scientists suspect that the depths of this lake harbor new
forms of life, which provides a vision of possible habitability in
extreme places with similar extreme conditions, like Mars or the
Jupiter's moon Europa.



Fuente: UIMP


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