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The Hubble Telescope found more evidence of vast plumes of water bursting through the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. What does this tell us about the potential for life on Europa?

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New findings have increased the likelihood that there is a vast ocean lying under the surface of Europa. Jupiter’s moon is emerging as one of the most likely places in our solar system to find life. Why do we think Europa is such a good bet for extra-terrestrial life? What would might that life look-like? And how soon will we be able to confirm this?

Written and hosted by Matt O’Dowd
Produced by Rusty Ward
Made by Kornhaber Brown (www.kornhaberbrown.com)

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Sky Whale:
Hypothetical advanced underwater life such as might exist in Europa’s ocean.
Image: © Adolf Schaller

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  1. please dont blast a giant hole in the ice when we go to look,,use a microscopic cam and treat those moons humanely like a human body going in those an existing opening 1st, before cutting into it.

  2. Based on the Fermi Paradox, it's not a good thing if they do.
    Basically, if life is so common that there is more than one world with life on it, surely they would have developed space technology right? But if this is true, I quote Enrico Fermi, "where is everyone?"
    It's a bad thing because it means that life is common and that there is a stage ahead of us no life form can get past.
    In short, if we find other life, we're doomed to kill ourselves.

  3. we have the technology + the resources! All the space agencies i.e. NASA, ESA, SpaceX, ISA and iSpace should team up and quickly launch several rockets with probes and rovers bound for the jovian moons to uncover their secrets once and for all.. it should have been done 2 decades ago! Humanity needs to stop wasting time and cross the moons off our bucket list already! Planning and planning and planning.. just get it over with guys!

  4. A guess about Europa's ocean… – STERILE. Do I want to see anything else? – of course. But not likely. – We will find 1) – The ocean is much much smaller than we thought… and 2) – nothing is there.

  5. This idea is really is a religion. Its amazing how a lethal environment brings life Not nurtured environment that we have seen in our surrounding in environment in which we live in. Interesting how this evolution religion try's to explain life and it completely backwards on what we know that support life.

  6. might be just every action in the universe is conscious…. but if you're not looking with the right eyes you don't know where the system of that consciousness begins and ends. In other words we're experiencing the universe rather than a free part of it.

  7. there is properly intelligent octopus creatures watching videos about sending a probe to earth and what life could be there

  8. But why does it take so long to send a probe to Europa, if they already know for decades that there possibly is a liquid ocean?

  9. 50 billion years ago…
    Aliens: that planet made out of only water is sick and it has nice weather let’s give it a name hmmmm
    EARTH!

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