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Jupiter's Europa moon 'likeliest to have life'
France24 ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | AFP

Posted on 02/16/2013 5:29:34 PM PST by driftdiver

US astronomers looking for life in the solar system believe that Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter, which has an ocean, is much more promising than desert-covered Mars, which is currently the focus of the US government's attention.

"Europa is the most likely place in our solar system beyond Earth to possess .... life," said Robert Pappalardo, a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

"And it is the place we should be exploring now that we have a concept mission we think is the right one to get there for an affordable cost," he continued.

"Europa is the most promising in terms of habitability because of its relatively thin ice shelf and an ocean ... And we know there are oxidants on the surface of Europa."

At the request of NASA, a proposed mission to explore Europa was revised to significantly reduce the cost, the scientist told the media on the sidelines of an annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) underway here.

(Excerpt) Read more at france24.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: nasa
I saw the movie and know how this turns out.
1 posted on 02/16/2013 5:29:39 PM PST by driftdiver
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To: driftdiver

Awesome movie


2 posted on 02/16/2013 5:30:32 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: driftdiver

..and if a study was done of Michelle Obama’s A$$, Al Gore would make millions more and the bio diversity crowd would crown a new king...


3 posted on 02/16/2013 5:38:56 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: driftdiver

4 posted on 02/16/2013 5:39:48 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: bigheadfred

I think thats a planet a little further out. Right before Pluto.


5 posted on 02/16/2013 5:40:33 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Lol - you beat me to it. Loved that movie.


6 posted on 02/16/2013 5:44:14 PM PST by fivecatsandadog (Let's not be so open-minded that our brains fall out.)
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To: driftdiver

“ALL THESE WORLDS
ARE YOURS EXCEPT
EUROPA
ATTEMPT NO
LANDING THERE
USE THEM TOGETHER
USE THEM IN PEACE”


7 posted on 02/16/2013 5:47:31 PM PST by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: driftdiver

Life imitates Clarke, again


8 posted on 02/16/2013 5:48:42 PM PST by bigbob
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To: driftdiver

I’ve been pissed at NASA for years, what with all the dicking around on Mars they’ve done.


9 posted on 02/16/2013 5:55:36 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: driftdiver

Translation: We’ve milked the “life on Mars scam” for all it’s worth. It’s time to move on to the next one.


10 posted on 02/16/2013 6:01:55 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

I guess I should have read the posts. I would have realized you beat me to it.


11 posted on 02/16/2013 6:04:51 PM PST by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: driftdiver

This is the moon thought to have liquid water on it.

This means that if it doesn’t have life already, it could support life. You just have to figure out how to drill down through a mile of ice, and build facilities under a mile of ice. But any microbes that survive the trip should be able to take off and flourish.


12 posted on 02/16/2013 6:10:29 PM PST by marron
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To: driftdiver
Fishing trip! I'll bring the beer and the nightcrawlers.

/johnny

13 posted on 02/16/2013 6:11:57 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: marron

Could you imagine the enviromanics


14 posted on 02/16/2013 6:13:19 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: marron

Drilling through the ice isn’t the problem. The problem is what to do when you run out of tequila.


15 posted on 02/16/2013 6:16:49 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I see what you did there.

Butt...

I would respectfully disagree. That (she) is a system unto itself.


16 posted on 02/16/2013 6:19:00 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

You could be right. After all the universe does revolve around them.


17 posted on 02/16/2013 6:23:19 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Fortunately I live in a parallel universe. Pretty sure under the laws of physics, if they burst my bubble....my matter...to their anti matter...


18 posted on 02/16/2013 6:29:52 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: driftdiver

No cactus on Europa. Yet.

A still, however, would be there about a week after the first humans arrive.


19 posted on 02/16/2013 6:32:49 PM PST by marron
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To: driftdiver

Interesting! I’d always thought that Saturn’s moon Titan was the place thought most likely to have life outside of Earth. I wasn’t aware Europa was considered such a strong possibility.


20 posted on 02/16/2013 7:01:12 PM PST by DemforBush (You might very well think that. I could not *possibly* comment.)
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To: driftdiver
"Europa is the most likely place in our solar system beyond Earth to possess .... life,"

That's like saying

"Alfalfa is the most likely member of the Little Rascals to complete the .... Tour de France,"
21 posted on 02/17/2013 5:23:36 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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