Scientist expects fish-sized Aliens living under Ice on Jupiter Moon

By | November 19, 2009

http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/public/planets/jpeg/jup/europa.jpgIn the oceans of a moon hundreds of millions of miles from the sun, something fishy may be alive—right now.

Below its icy crust Jupiter’s moon Europa is believed to host a global ocean up to a hundred miles (160 kilometers) deep, with no land to speak of at the surface. (See “Jupiter Moon Has Violent, Hidden Oceans, Study Suggests.“)

And the extraterrestrial ocean is currently being fed more than a hundred times more oxygen than previous models had suggested, according to provocative new research.

That amount of oxygen would be enough to support more than just microscopic life-forms: At least three million tons of fishlike creatures could theoretically live and breathe on Europa, said study author Richard Greenberg of the University of Arizona in Tucson.

“There’s nothing saying there is life there now,” said Greenberg, who presented his work last month at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences. “But we do know there are the physical conditions to support it.”

In fact, based on what we know about the Jovian moon, parts of Europa’s seafloor should greatly resemble the environments around Earth‘s deep-ocean hydrothermal vents, said deep-sea molecular ecologist Timothy Shank.

“I’d be shocked if no life existed on Europa,” said Shank, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who was not involved in the new study.

via Could Jupiter Moon Harbor Fish-Size Life?.

I think I see them…

8 thoughts on “Scientist expects fish-sized Aliens living under Ice on Jupiter Moon

      1. Metamorphous

        I thought it was horrible and then it grew on me by the end. The singer wanted to dance so bad, he kept holding it back.

    1. Xeno Post author

      The ice may be very thick. It would take a pretty amazing craft to make it there, land, drill in, swim around, find one, photograph it, escape being eaten, drill back out of the ice, and beam the photos and video back to us. If I can help NASA find the Europa Ice Fish by writing songs, count me in.

    1. Xeno Post author

      Thanks Frankie,
      Are you saying National Geographic got this story wrong? It does specifically say Europa in several places: “Despite the promising new estimates, it’s too early to do more than speculate about how Europan life might have evolved. A closer look—perhaps by a NASA orbiter now in development—will be needed to tell exactly how chemicals are distributed on Europa and how the moon’s geologic history might have contributed to life’s chances. “

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