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Life On Europa

In early 2012, NASA announced that they may be planning to send a robot submarine to the oceans of Europa to discover if the lunar object contains extraterrestrial life.

Europa is one of the largest of Jupiter’s 63 known moons, and is part of the four “Galilean Satellites”. The unfortunate news is that NASA’s decreased planetary research budget of $1.2 Billion, set by President Obama, isn’t enough to cover the costs of this endeavor.

Steve Squyres, lead scientist for NASA’s Opportunity rover, places this venture at the top of his wish list, and believes it will receive the green light in the future. A multitude of planetary scientists regard Europa as one of our solar system’s best locations for life outside of Earth. Their optimism stems from the discovery of what appears to be a huge ocean of water beneath the moon’s surface.

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