Possibility of Life Outside of Earth

Scientists have found possible evidence of life on Jupiter's moon, Europa.


Jupiter and it's moons

Chloe Flores, Editor

There’s been a debate on whether aliens are real for a very long time. Scientists have been looking for evidence of any kind of life outside of Earth for years, and on November 21, 2014 NASA posted an article about a moon called Europa. 

Europa is one of Jupiter’s 79 moons. It’s about 90% the size of Earth’s moon and its surface is made of water and ice. The ice crust is about 10 to 15 miles thick, and strong evidence suggests that there is an ocean beneath the ice. 

Europa’s ocean is about 40 to 100 miles deep, compared to the deepest part of Earth’s oceans which is only about 7 miles (average depth is about 2.3 miles). Not only is Europa’s ocean deeper than Earth’s, but it could contain 2 times as much water as all of Earth’s oceans combined. Even with Earth’s oceans only averaging about 2.3 miles deep it still contains over 1 million known species. 

With all of his information in mind, there is a serious possibility that there is some sort of life living in Europa because of how deep and large its ocean is. It may not be like how the movies, shows, and books depict them though. Scientist’s also believe that parts of Europa’s ocean may be leaking into space. If this is true then they may be able to send people up to collect samples and conclude once and for all whether or not aliens are real.