Richard Greenberg, of the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Has just released a new book that outlines a very solid theory
showing how life on Europa can survive.
The biggest problem that scientists has been trying to come up with an explanation that would allow life forms to survive in an sealed-off sea ocean
as is thought to be present on Europa.
He theorizes that the ocean can get it's needed oxygen form periodically rising to the surface
Granted, Europa does not have any appreciable atmosphere, but it is thought that due to the Radiation that Europa receives from Jupiter breaking down
the components that make up the ice to form O2.
Jupiter's second-largest moon, Europa, may have more than water under its fissured, icy crust: there may be life hiding in the cracks, said a Europa
researcher who has come out with a new book summing up decades of exploration.
"Europa's biosphere, if there is one, is pretty close to the surface," said Richard Greenberg, of the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary
Greenberg's book, "Europa, The Ocean Moon" (Springer-Praxis Books) is just now the shelves.
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I personally believe that there are simple life forms living under the ocean there.
Look at what life here on earth can adapt to, such strange environments such as that which survives in and around
Dark Smokers. Life there lives in a methane / hydrogen rich environment while also ignoring the 150 degrees to 170 degrees. The environment is
extremely alkaline, compared to the high acid levels at black smokers. Add to that the atmospheric that they are subjected to.
I hope that NASA will be able to go ahead and send a probe to Europa to verify if there is indeed “Life Out There”
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