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  1. #391
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    Quote Originally Posted by KABOOM View Post
    Would not Titan or Europa be candidates for life if their host planets resided within the HZ?
    No. They do not have enough gravity to hold onto their water and atmospheres at HZ temperature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilya View Post
    No. They do not have enough gravity to hold onto their water and atmospheres at HZ temperature.
    Is it possible for larger moons to form around gas giants, i.e. large enough to hold onto their oceans and atmospheres, or is there reason to believe that it's
    a problem for such large moons to form around their gas giants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Wally View Post
    Is it possible for larger moons to form around gas giants, i.e. large enough to hold onto their oceans and atmospheres, or is there reason to believe that it's
    a problem for such large moons to form around their gas giants?
    The following was posted by DGavin in the "Liquid Water Zone" thread in the Astronomy section:

    "If Jupiter was closer to mars orbit, and mars was a moon of jupiter, then it's likely Mars would be a habitable moon as jupiter's tidal forces from gravity would have kept it's plate tectonics going and it's magnetospere would of prevented/or drasticaly slowed mars loss of atmosphere"

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    Quote Originally Posted by KABOOM View Post
    The following was posted by DGavin in the "Liquid Water Zone" thread in the Astronomy section:

    "If Jupiter was closer to mars orbit, and mars was a moon of jupiter, then it's likely Mars would be a habitable moon as jupiter's tidal forces from gravity would have kept it's plate tectonics going and it's magnetospere would of prevented/or drasticaly slowed mars loss of atmosphere"
    That is a possibility, not that we know of any Mars size moons of Warm Jovian/super-Jovian Planets, but I'm sure some sort of probabilities could be worked out, of course this depends upon a very generous interpretation of "habitable."

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