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Jupiter's largest moon definitely has an ocean: NASA

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posted on Mar, 13 2015 @ 08:31 AM
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Miami (AFP) - Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, has an underground ocean that contains more water than Earth's, broadening the hunt for places in the solar system where life might be able to exist.
Researchers said Thursday that aurorae glimpsed by the Hubble Space Telescope helped
confirm the long-suspected subsurface saltwater on Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system.

The Galileo spacecraft, which arrived at Jupiter in 1995, had already detected a possible magnetic field on Ganymede.

The Hubble Space Telescope confirmed that discovery by observing changes in the aurorae around the celestial body.

"Since the 1970s, there were speculations and models that Ganymede could possess an ocean," said Joachim Saur of the University of Cologne in Germany.

"We do not have these ambiguities anymore," he told reporters.

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So another possible candidate for life following Mars and Europa in our back yard..kool.




posted on Mar, 13 2015 @ 09:04 AM
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I think that eventually they will find that life is everywhere. We're just looking for carbon based life as of right now, because thats what we understand so far. I'd be willing to bet there are many differnent forms of life though. Exciting news, thanks for sharing OP.



posted on Mar, 13 2015 @ 09:19 AM
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a reply to: amicktd

In this link which is even better they said


The key to confirming the presence of a saltwater ocean came from observing Ganymede's aurorae, which would look bright red to a human able to stand on the surface of the moon and gaze up through its thin oxygen atmosphere. But don't get too excited, it's much too thin to support life as we know it.

www.cnet.com...=YHF65cbda0
So maybe just maybe we could find life there as WE DO NOT KNOW IT.



posted on Mar, 13 2015 @ 09:51 AM
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We should put a colony there instead of on Mars. At least you can go ice fishing there when you're bored.



posted on Mar, 13 2015 @ 10:03 AM
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originally posted by: amicktd
I think that eventually they will find that life is everywhere. We're just looking for carbon based life as of right now, because thats what we understand so far. I'd be willing to bet there are many differnent forms of life though. Exciting news, thanks for sharing OP.

Pretty much, life is all around us. They don't need rockets or probes either. The next dimension is but a breath away.



posted on Mar, 13 2015 @ 11:09 AM
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Ganymede was abducted by Zeus (while transformed as a gigantic eagle). This was to employ Ganymede as a cup bearer in Olympus. Hermes paid his father with a gift as compensation.

If you were to take Greek mythology as prophecy, this would indicate us taking water from Ganymede. Interesting now that we know there's water there. Lots of it.

You could even dig deeper and take it as a sign there will be life there, as well. The story of Zeus and Ganymede also told of social acceptance of homosexuality at the time. If there is life there, we may also try to take some of it back for gene manipulation or breeding purposes.



posted on Mar, 13 2015 @ 11:12 AM
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originally posted by: rickymouse
We should put a colony there instead of on Mars. At least you can go ice fishing there when you're bored.


Right. But how do we chop through 95 miles of ice to get to the water? A problem that I'm sure has a solution. Seems unfathomable (pun intended) that an ocean larger than Earth's would be completely devoid of complex lifeforms. Get the net!



posted on Mar, 13 2015 @ 01:09 PM
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This was posted yesterday:

Ocean Found on Another Jupiter Moon -- This time it's Ganymede

In addition to using search, it's a good idea to review other recent threads in the same forum.


edit on 13-3-2015 by Arbitrageur because: clarification



posted on Mar, 13 2015 @ 02:20 PM
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That's why they're cranking up LHC..


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posted on Mar, 13 2015 @ 03:43 PM
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Please continue in the existing thread.

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