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Recent findings have suggested that its ocean could be loaded with oxygen, enough to support millions of tons worth of marine life, similar to the type that exists on Earth. Scientists have proposed missions to drill through its outer shell, perhaps using heat to melt through ice, in order to explore the ocean.
Dalton said that if landers dug "even a meter or so down might also be able to find viable organisms, if there are any there." If there is life in Europa's ocean then it still remains uncertain whether it would indeed get lofted up via geological processes to its surface. However, if no life is seen on the moon's surface then that does not mean there is no life in Europa's ocean. "My point is only why wait to look for life at the hardest place on Europa to get to?" Greenberg said. "Why not go to the easy place first?"
Goal: Determine Whether the Jupiter System Harbors Habitable Worlds.
* Characterize sub-surface oceans
* Characterize the ice shells and any subsurface water
* Characterize the deep internal structure for Ganymede and the intrinsic magnetic field
* Compare the exospheres, plasma environments, and magnetospheric interactions.
* Determine global surface compositions and chemistry
* Understand the formation of surface features, including sites of recent or current activity, and identify and characterize candidate sites for future in situ exploration.
Originally posted by pavelivanov22
sorry about that changed the title..