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


Apr 3, 2024

The Jovian moon known as Io is the most geologically active planetary body in the Solar System, making the possibility of life on this moon very slim. However, the high level of activity on Io keeps it warm, leaving a slight chance for life to exist.

Data collected between 2015-2018 suggested that the largest asteroid in the Solar System, Ceres, may have a large subsurface ocean of water. While the evidence is not strong, experts still believe that very salty water could flow to the surface of Ceres, potentially containing microbial life.

Titan, a moon in the Solar System, is the only planetary body besides Earth to have a complete cycle of liquid on its surface. Instead of water, Titan’s liquid is made up of hydrocarbons, presenting a unique opportunity for the moon to support life.

Triton, a moon of Neptune, has a mysterious feature – it is the only moon in the Solar System that rotates in the opposite direction of its host planet. Scientists believe that the radioactive decay of rock within Triton is releasing enough heat to keep its mantle, composed of water, in a liquid state, raising the possibility of life on this moon.

NASA spacecraft have discovered that Enceladus, a moon of Saturn, may contain an underground water ocean. The moon also releases plumes from its subsurface through the ice shell, containing salt water and organic molecules. This finding suggests that there is a possibility of life existing on Enceladus.

The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) is an artist’s impression of a NASA spacecraft launched in 2023. It will reach Jupiter in 2031 to study the moons Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa for signs of life.

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