A few years ago, Europe became one of the most concrete destinations for finding living beings in our solar system. Despite its distance from the sun, this satellite is protected by a thick outer layer of ice and inside it is a huge ocean of liquid water.
We have recently discovered that this outer layer of ice is not just a shell, but a dynamic system and a habitable place in itself. Various radar observations show that it can contain a lot of water pockets, just like the “double edge” we have here in Greenland.
“Because it’s closer to the surface where interesting chemicals are sourced from space, other moons, and the Ion volcanoes, it’s possible that life may have a chance if there are water pockets in the shell,” he said. Dustin Schroeder, Assistant Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University. “If the mechanism we see in Greenland is similar to that in Europe, water could be everywhere.”
Instead of acting as an inert mass of ice, the Europa shell appears to be subject to a number of geological and hydrological processes, including surface water columns. The dynamic ice shell supports habitability by facilitating the exchange of underground ocean and nutrients between nearby celestial bodies that accumulate on the surface.
“We are another hypothesis above many: we only have the advantage that our hypothesis has some observations of similar features that form on earth to support it,” the study authors said. Express your confidence that there is really something out there.
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