Europa is Jupiter’s moon which has a frigid temperature and doesn’t appear from the outside to be very hospitable in terms of being able to harbor life. But under a crust of ice miles thick, Europa contains roughly twice the amount of water Earth does. In virtually every instance of life on earth, we find that water has been involved. If we are able to find life on Europa, we would finally be able to claim water to be a common denominator of life in the universe. Furthermore, if we found life we could compare the Europan specimens to aspects of life on earth. Would life on Europa also contain DNA? What would they use as energy? These questions open the door for deeper philosophical questions. What is life? There is still debate on whether or not viruses are living and finding examples of life on Europa could help answer that question as well.
This would be an incredible discovery biology and give much needed life to the field of astrobiology. The mission to Europa is currently on NASA’s budget request list and is a very real possibility in the near future.
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