Europe is one of the Galilean moons of Jupiter,orbiting pretty close to the giant planet. Scientists have been arguing for quite some time about the existence of any alien life under the thick ice layer of this small moon, because comprehensive observations using telescopes and spacecraft flying past a satellite have shown that the global ocean can be hidden beneath the surface of Europe, freezing due to the gravitational effect of its massive neighbor in the solar system. However, if subsequent missions can truly discover life in the ocean of Europe, what kind of life can it be?
What can life be like in Europe?
Monica Grady, Rector of the University of Liverpoolin the UK, I’m sure that on the satellite of Jupiter, Europe, probably, there is a developed alien life. The expert came to this opinion after analyzing the chances of a multicellular life in different environments, reports futurism.com. So, according to her theory, life in Europe can be even more developed than life on Mars, where the researcher hopes to find at least the simplest bacteria. Due to the presence of a warm, icy ocean in Europe, the living conditions on Jupiter’s satellite can turn out to be much more comfortable compared to Martian ones, which can ensure better survival of various types of bacteria. In addition, the possibility of access to organic substances rising from the bowels of the satellite can have a huge impact on the evolutionary processes taking place inside the distant moon. If this is the case, future earthly colonists upon arrival may well expect a meeting with much higher life forms than might have been previously expected. So, the mind of some hypothetical inhabitants of Europe may well correspond, for example, to the level of squid or octopus.
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Grady believes that such creatures canit’s quite comfortable to live in the oceans under a hard shell of ice up to 25 kilometers thick without even realizing what is happening on the surface of the extremely cold moon of Jupiter. At the same time, the specialist emphasizes that it is unlikely that human-like life forms can appear in the vicinity of Jupiter: the absence of light in the many kilometers of oceanic depths, coupled with the colossal pressure of the ice mass, is unlikely to make the living of a humanoid creature in Europe comfortable.
Be that as it may, scientists have long suspectedthe possibility of the existence of life in the depths of an ice satellite. In order to shed light on the mysterious processes taking place beneath the surface of Europe, world space agencies are already working on ambitious plans to create automated devices capable of detecting alien life. Moreover, in August 2019, NASA officially announced the completion of a number of projects aimed at finding organics in the vicinity of Jupiter. So, one of the most interesting and large-scale missions in the coming years could be the project of the spaceship “Europe Clipper”, which will look for evidence of life on a Galilean satellite. It is known that an unmanned vehicle should be sent to Europe no later than 2023, and its flight time to the vicinity of Jupiter should take about 6 years.