View Full Version : Could Europa Be Corrosive to Life?

2005-Sep-12, 02:42 AM
SUMMARY: Scientists are keen to explore Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, because it seems to have vast oceans of liquid water which could be a home for life. New analysis of the surface has found the presence of hydrogen peroxide and strong acids which could kill life. The scientists who discovered it are unsure if these corrosive chemicals are just a light dusting on the surface of the moon, or a large component of its ice-covered oceans. Another problem with the search for life is the discovery that the ice might be much thicker than previously thought - perhaps as thick as 10 to 30 km - which would make exploring very difficult.

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