Researchers might not have to dig as deep as they thought to find confirmation of biological activity that’s going on. You know what? You can literally scratch the surface of Europa to find life.
Europa is the sixth adjacent moon of the planet Jupiter and the sixth largest moon in the entire solar system. This moon proves that there is life apart from the planet earth. While life below Europa’s thick ice shell would be well-protected, the researchers wanted to know if one could still find proof for life on the surface or if it would be smashed by radiation.
Europa is made up of primarily silicate rock. The crust is comprised of frozen water and an inner core that is suspected to be nickel-iron. There are a water-ice crust and more than likely a nickel-iron core. The heat from the core keeps the oceans of water beneath the icy surface liquid. The atmosphere is made up mostly of oxygen.
NASA reports they have found “clay-like substances.” The surface appears to be smooth and young, and they have detected a tectonic plate movement of the ice surface. The combination of water, heat, oxygen and minerals provide strong chances of life sustainability on Europa.
Existence of life on Europa can become a great headline news in few years. Proof of life beyond Earth would be valuable information that could get people interested in space exploration once again.