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Scientists just found even more evidence that Europa – one of Jupiter’s 67 known moons – might host alien life deep within its icy oceans. The little moon has long been labelled by NASA as “the most likely place to find life in our Solar System today”, thanks to the deep, salty oceans that are strongly suspected to be hidden beneath its frozen crust.
And now a new study has shown that the chemical balance of those oceans would be very similar to the ones here on Earth, suggesting there’d be enough hydrogen and oxygen there for life to form – even without volcanic activity.
“We’re studying an alien ocean using methods developed to understand the movement of energy and nutrients in Earth’s own systems,” said lead researcher Steve Vance, from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). “The cycling of oxygen and hydrogen in Europa’s ocean will be a major driver for Europa’s ocean chemistry and any life there, just as it is on Earth.”
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