Thursday, January 06, 2000

Organisms of Europa

Some of the large moons in our system have environments that allow for the theoretical possibility of harboring life organisms. If life were found on a moon, which moon do you think would be most suitable? What do you think would be some of the characteristics of such organisms?

Hypothetically Titan and Europa are two moons with somewhat of a same axis tilt as Earth; therefore, they have seasons. All the Europa life would live off of keimosynthesis in the deep oceans near its submarine volcanoes. I believe that complex life is more likely underwater such as Europa rather than Titan.NASA believes that Europa is warmed by Jupiter’s gravity and other moons to make tides in Europa’s oceans and submarine volcanoes. NASA suspects salt under Europa’s slushy oceans. Some characteristics of the life forms are deep-sea bathypelagic fish and other bioluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) organisms in the Europa’s deep water. Creatures under these waters may bebioluminescent organisms such as vibrionaceae, dinoflagellates, andmarine invertebrates (sea pen, coral, ostracoda, copepod, Whip-lash squid, bolitaenidae, Nudibranch, clam)over Titan’s bacteria any day.
Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon, has methane and nitrogen into its atmosphere. Methane is a byproduct of organisms which is constantly being destroyed by sunlight. It doesn’t have H2O so the living things would have to live in methane and ethane oceans. I don’t see how life is possible even though Titan’s rain clouds containing hydrocarbon. Titan doesn’t have oxygen elements in the lakes, streams, and oceans. Due to the liquid methane and nitrogen elements found on Titan, only some bacteria may survive, nothing more advanced.

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