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Chances Of Life On Europa

Life On Europa

A liquid ocean beneath the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa may have the conditions to support life.  A new NASA study founds that Europa might have similar oxygen and hydrogen levels as Earth. NASA plans to send a mission to fly by Europa in the 2020s. They may eventually explore the surface and below.

The icy surface is bombarded by radiation from Jupiter, sending oxidants into the sea. Now scientists think that water touching the rocky crust below may send hydrogen up creating the perfect conditions to support biology. NASA scientists have started work on underwater robots to explore Europa's oceans. That makes an eventual mission and underwater exploration even more exciting.