They find a possible ingredient for life on one of Jupiter’s moons

When looking for signs of life beyond earthScientists aren’t just focusing on other planets. You can also find it in the Moon, for example. On ours or on any other planet. This is the case of Europebecause recently a team of scientists from Stanford University and NASA found evidence of surface water on this satellite Jupiter.

We already knew there was water. However, a ice crust prevented from studying it in depth. It was an obstacle, or so they believed, because it was precisely this layer of ice that allowed these scientists to suspect that there could be water pockets much more superficial. And the fact that they are superficial is not a trifle, because this proximity to the surface could allow him to pick up nutrients from nearby celestial bodiess and thus generate a perfect breeding ground for the proliferation of life.

Does this mean that there is life in Europe? On the continent yes, on the jupiter’s moon We do not know it. There is simply the assumption that there is one of the important parts for there to be life. But even if this piece were real, we cannot be sure that it indicates the present or past presence of living beings. Even so, it’s a most exciting find, as it’s a good yarn to start pulling.

Europa, the smallest of Jupiter’s Galilean moons

In 1610, the physicist Galileo I observed Jupiter with a self-made telescope when something caught his eye. In the vicinity of the planet there were three stars, which after several days of observation turned out to be four and revolve around it. He named them as medical starsin honor of his former pupil Cosimo II de’ Medici.

However, after later and more precise observations by other astronomers, it was decided to change their name. It was concluded that they were satellites of Jupiter. For this reason, this time in honor of its discoverer, his group was baptized as galilean moons. Each of them also received a separate name: Europa, Io, Callisto and Ganymede.

Jupiter’s moons were discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610

Europe is the smallest of them and possibly also the youngest, since its small number of craters indicates that there were not many impacts on its surface. It is believed to hold oxygen and it has long been thought that under its ice cap there may be liquid water. Everything points to essential ingredients for life, which is why this was one of the main objectives of the Galileo probewith which NASA metaphorically brought the physicist back to his discovery, almost 400 years later, in 1995.

The data taken at that time continues to be studied today and was precisely that which made it possible to develop the new hypothesis which has just been published in Nature Communication.