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'Shocking' discovery boosts chance of life on Europa

Discussion in 'Serious' started by GreatOldOne, 21 Feb 2003.

  1. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    Scientists simulating meteorite impacts on the frozen oceans of Europa have made an electrifying discovery, which raises the chances of finding life on Jupiter's moon.

    Jerome Borucki, at the NASA Ames Research Center in California, and his colleagues fired aluminium bullets into a block of ice. They found that when the bullet impacted, sensors embedded in the ice detected an electric shock. A second, and much larger, electrical discharge was observed a few moments later.

    A shell of ice many kilometres thick encases the surface of Europa and scientists speculate that liquid water - and therefore life - might lie beneath. Evidence for the presence of the molecular building blocks for life comes from the yellow-brown stains seen on the ice by the Galileo probe.


    http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99993421
     
  2. SilverBullet

    SilverBullet Banned

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    very interesting.
     
  3. bradford010

    bradford010 Bradon Frohman

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    Quick note for future astronauts. Don't eat the yellow snow ;)
     
  4. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit Modder

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    Re: Re: 'Shocking' discovery boosts chance of life on Europa

    LOL
     
  5. joe the dishwasher

    joe the dishwasher Honk

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    intresting very intresting, but hasent it been known to man for many years that everywhere there is water there will be life correct if im wrong just tell me one place on earth were ther is water and no life;)
     
  6. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    That's the point Joe - This isn't earth. It's isolated, and may not have had the same set of circumstances that triggered life here. That's why they want to go, and that's why this discovery is important - It's been known for a while now that electricity was one of those circumstances that helped kick the primorodeal slime into life.
     
  7. Tim S

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    Re: Re: 'Shocking' discovery boosts chance of life on Europa

    roflmfao! :hehe:
     
  8. joe the dishwasher

    joe the dishwasher Honk

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    mabey our grandchildren will be going on holiday there in 50 years:D a second colony somewhere outside earth would certinally help overcome the problem of overcrowding on earth and other problems althoug what is holding back the physical research on these planets/moons is the limitation of human space travel:rolleyes:
     
  9. Uber_K

    Uber_K What's a Dremel?

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    Ever heard of the Dead Sea?

    mmm... Salty...
     

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