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Recent findings even suggest its ocean could be loaded with oxygen, enough to support millions of tons worth of marine life like the kinds that exist on Earth.
The ocean underneath the icy shell of Jupiter's moon Europa might be too acidic to support life, due to compounds that may regularly migrate downward from its surface, researchers say.
However, chemicals found on the surface of Europa might jeopardize any chances of life evolving there, scientists find. The resulting level of acidity in its ocean "is probably not friendly to life
Any surviving ecosystem in Europa's ocean might be analogous to the microbial community found in acid mine drainage on Earth, such as the bright red Río Tinto river in Spain. The dominant microbes found there are acid-loving "acidophiles" that depend on iron and sulfide as sources of metabolic energy.
These findings i believe are a tough hit for the other life in our solar system theory
However, "one of the interesting possibilities is that they might have used blue phosphates as their bone material instead to evolve large organisms,"
Originally posted by Illustronic
Sending drills to deep space is a bit of a problem. The 2-mile drill hose by itself they use in Antarctica weigh in at 25,000 pounds, then consider the actual drill and motor, and power source. I didn't read much more at the time but I expect a whole autonomous drill on a space craft would be more than the 250,000 pound Apollos that achieved escape velocity. Now imagine an autonomous machine 'unfolding', or somehow assembling and positioning itself to drill to begin with. That's a hell of a lot more that the Curiosity powered landing apparatus. just saying
Europa happens to be rich in strong oxidants such as oxygen and hydrogen peroxide, which are created by the irradiation of its icy crust by high-energy particles from Jupiter
The oxidants on Europa's surface are likely carried downward in potentially substantial quantities by the same churning that causes water to rise from below. Oxidants could be of great use to any life in Europa's ocean — for example, oxygen was pivotal to how complex life evolved on Earth
Originally posted by amongus
Wouldn't be a problem if it was a nuclear heated element That burrowed and melted its way through the ice.
Does not have to be a drill hose.
ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS—EXCEPT EUROPA. ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE.
Originally posted by caf1550
reply to post by GogoVicMorrow
where is that qoute from, All these worlds are yours...except Europa attempt no landings there