…But can it support life? That’s what NASA scientists are asking about several moons within our own solar system. We know that three, at least, have vast oceans beneath the ice on their surfaces. Future missions will hopefully be able to explore these, but for now, we know barely enough to do more than speculate.
Of course, that’s the one thing which scientists and writers have in common. We both enjoy hypothesizing about the future, even when we reach different conclusions. After all, someone has to ask, “We can do it, but should we do it?” 😉
Check out the article below to learn more about these water worlds, readers!
Scientists Home in on the Best ‘Water Worlds’ to Search for Alien Life
By Meghan Bartels, Space.com Senior Writer | October 25, 2018 07:00am ET
As far as we know, all life requires one thing, water, and that’s why scientists are fascinated by worlds they know or suspect host giant oceans: These worlds are among the best candidates for finding life beyond Earth.
And in a new report, a team of scientists summarizes what we know about each of these potential “water parks” and our long-term options for furthering that knowledge with progressively more ambitious missions. The report is on behalf of the Roadmaps to Ocean Worlds group of NASA’s Outer Planets Assessment Group, designed to inform a congressionally mandated research portfolio within the agency.