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Life on Europa?
March 18, 2013 |

Ever since planets have been observed through telescopes Mars has been considered to be the best candidate for life beyond earth. Now some researchers believe that Jupiter’s moon Europa is the most promising place to easily find evidence of extraterrestrial life.

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Ocean Currents and Life Under the Shell of Europa
December 5, 2013 | The University of Texas at Austin
"Researchers have shown that the subsurface ocean on Jupiter’s moon Europa may have deep currents and circulation patterns with heat and energy transfers capable of sustaining biological life." Quoted from The University of Texas at Austin press release. Related: Life on Europa?

Clay Minerals and a Collision with Europa?
December 15, 2013 | NASA
"A new analysis of data from NASA's Galileo mission has revealed clay-type minerals at the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa that appear to have been delivered by a spectacular collision with an asteroid or comet. This is the first time such minerals have been detected on Europa's surface. The types of space rocks that deliver such minerals typically also often carry organic materials." Related: Life on Europa?

Does Europa Have the Chemistry of Life?
April 4, 2013 | NASA
"Life as we know it needs liquid water, elements like carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur, and it needs some form of chemical or light energy to get the business of life done. [...] Europa has the liquid water and elements, and we think that compounds like peroxide might be an important part of the energy requirement. The availability of oxidants like peroxide on Earth was a critical part of the rise of complex, multicellular life." Quoted from the NASA press release. Related Story: Life on Europa?

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