Is There Alien Life in the Solar System? – The Science Quiz

The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft, launched by NASA in 2023, is set to reach Jupiter in 2031 to study the moons Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa for signs of life. These icy moons of Jupiter are believed to have unique potential for hosting life due to their geological activity and the presence of liquid on their surfaces.

The largest asteroid in the Solar System, Ceres, may have a large subsurface ocean of water. While the evidence is still weak, it is believed that very salty water could flow to the surface of Ceres, potentially containing microbial life. Similarly, Titan, a moon of Saturn, has a cycle of liquid on its surface made from hydrocarbons which raises the possibility of hosting life on this moon.

Triton, a moon of Neptune, rotates in the opposite direction to its host planet and scientists believe that the heat generated by radioactive decay keeps its mantle in a liquid state. This makes it potentially possible for life to exist on this moon. Enceladus, a moon of Saturn also ejects plumes of salt water and organic molecules from its subsurface into space hinting at the possibility of life on Enceladus.

Io, a Jovian moon known as Io is one of the most geologically active planetary bodies in the Solar System. While constant activity makes it unlikely for life to exist on this moon but not impossible as warmth generated by geological processes could potentially support it.

By Riley Johnson

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