Life on Europa? | Space Time | PBS Digital Studios

The Hubble Telescope found more evidence of vast plumes of water bursting through the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. What does this tell us about the potential for life on Europa?

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New findings have increased the likelihood that there is a vast ocean lying under the surface of Europa. Jupiter’s moon is emerging as one of the most likely places in our solar system to find life. Why do we think Europa is such a good bet for extra-terrestrial life? What would might that life look-like? And how soon will we be able to confirm this?

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Hydrothermal Vents:

Winter Flounder – Antifreeze Protein

Sky Whale:
Hypothetical advanced underwater life such as might exist in Europa’s ocean.
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  • I hate your S ssssssssss

    M A D V I L L A I N March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • we have the technology + the resources! All the space agencies i.e. NASA, ESA, SpaceX, ISA and iSpace should team up and quickly launch several rockets with probes and rovers bound for the jovian moons to uncover their secrets once and for all.. it should have been done 2 decades ago! Humanity needs to stop wasting time and cross the moons off our bucket list already! Planning and planning and planning.. just get it over with guys!

    Horny Toads March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • I don't think water is that important to life to exist and evolve. Change my mind.

    Grand Blue March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • A guess about Europa's ocean… – STERILE. Do I want to see anything else? – of course. But not likely. – We will find 1) – The ocean is much much smaller than we thought… and 2) – nothing is there.

    Patrick Howard March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • Why is it that we have not sent an orbiting satellite to completely map the entire planet?

    TraderParker 13 March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • Io the last place the traveler touched

    Keith Emerson March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • So Barotrauma isnt just a game afterall.

    JustMomo March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • I want to watch these videos so bad but I can't stand watching this guy narrate the video

    Jeremiah Chavez March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • This idea is really is a religion. Its amazing how a lethal environment brings life Not nurtured environment that we have seen in our surrounding in environment in which we live in. Interesting how this evolution religion try's to explain life and it completely backwards on what we know that support life.

    Carlos Portilo March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • The preasure on europa is intense so two holes I'll be best in the kce

    Angel White March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • Can we build a nuclear powered drill already?

    boondockpaint March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • I believe that we will find life. And there’s more earths as well. Why would God make just one earth 🌏

    Jason Seifried March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • So Jupiter’ and Saturn Have Moons That Have Life
    (they could have life)

    M7MD gaming March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • Google the Kalergi plan to know what you will find in Europa.

    P A V L V S March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • might be just every action in the universe is conscious…. but if you're not looking with the right eyes you don't know where the system of that consciousness begins and ends. In other words we're experiencing the universe rather than a free part of it.

    joe caterman March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • Wow NASA is lunching it right now

    Iv5an XD March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • God I hate this guy's voice. And his mannerisms. And his mullet

    Kryto Rift March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • there is properly intelligent octopus creatures watching videos about sending a probe to earth and what life could be there

    Fiti Papani March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • 👹 Might Satan be lurking at your chamber door? 👹

    Anton Boludo March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • Jüpiter's Müün has Öüceans.

    willshedo March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply
  • I can't be the only person that has seen the movie Europa Report.

    Bill bartman March 16, 2020 4:31 am Reply

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