(ORDO NEWS) — A detailed analysis of NASA data on the satellite of Jupiter called Europe, allowed scientists to draw new, unexpected conclusions. A more detailed examination of the so-called “red lines” suggests, that life in one form or another may well exist on the satellite.
Europe is the smallest of the four Galilean satellites orbiting Jupiter, and the sixth closest of all 79 satellites discovered by NASA. The size of the satellite Europe is insignificant – slightly smaller than the moon. The satellite of Jupiter is mainly composed of silicate rock, has an iron-nickel core, and the surface is covered with a thick layer of ice.
In addition, Europe has a thin layer of atmosphere, consisting mainly of oxygen. The satellite’s icy surface and analysis of the available data led scientists to the conclusion that under the ice crust there is an ocean into which there are possibly inhabitants.
Of particular interest to scientists were the red lines on the surface of Europe. Blood red veins cross the entire icy surface of the moon. Some of them have a strange resemblance to roads on Earth, others look like rivers or canals.
Europe was studied in sufficient detail by a NASA probe called Galileo in 1995 during a mission to study Jupiter. After that, scientists have repeatedly tried to explain the nature of the red lines, but there is still no unequivocal opinion.
Since 2001, NASA scientist Brad Dalton has become more closely acquainted with these objects. He measured the infrared chemical signature of Europe and compared it with samples taken from Yellowstone National Park. Here is what he said during his research:
“They have a strange reddish tint, like rust. It occurred to me that we certainly saw all kinds of life forms that have this reddish-brown pigmentation here on Earth, so why some microbes cannot provide such a color in Europe?”
“The infrared radiation I received from these bands in Europe almost perfectly matches the pigmentation of such objects on Earth, in the creation of which living organisms participated. Such a fit even scared me.”
“The fact that the strips are red means that they contain a certain type of chemical substance. I suppose that a reddish hue to the stripes is given by a chemical element such as sulfur. When water is detected, we will be halfway to detect life on this satellite.”
The event was not long in coming. In 2013, an analysis of data from the Hubble comic telescope confirmed that the satellite has an icy ocean. However, only missions in the future can confirm the existence of life. In the meantime, scientists can only believe that somewhere in the depths of the icy ocean of Europe, many life forms are hiding, which quite possibly differ from earthly ones.
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