NASA’s Galileo mission to Jupiter has revealed evidence of a “Spectacular Collision on the Surface of Europa”. Europa is one of over 60 moons that orbit Jupiter. This moon has attracted a lot of attention since New Evidence for Liquid Water on Europa has been discovered.
NASA spacecraft has revealed evidence a colossal impact on Jupiter’s moon Europa, a collision that may have delivered key minerals and perhaps even the raw ingredients for life, scientists say.”
According to Space.com
Many believe Europa may be one of the best places to look for extraterrestrial life in our solar system. Beneath its icy outer crust (up to sixty miles deep), the moon is thought to be hiding a saltwater ocean. Scientists have also suspected that Europa is home to many organic materials, the type of carbon-based materials that make up the building blocks of life like DNA and proteins.
Jim Shirley a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California said in a statement (Dec. 11)
Organic materials, which are important building blocks for life, are often found in comets and primitive asteroids. Finding the rocky residues of this comet crash on Europa’s surface may open up a new chapter in the story of the search for life on Europa.”
Shirley and colleagues made the discovery while looking at 15-year-old near-infrared images from NASA’s Galileo Spacecraft, which arrived at Jupiter in 1995 and circled the gas giant for about eight years. If this comet hit during the eight year span of time we were watching, I wonder if another comet may have hit before?
Check Out the below Pictures of Europa
- Huge crash on Jupiter’s Europa may have delivered life’s building blocks (nbcnews.com)
- Clay-Like Minerals Found on Icy Crust of Europa (saturndaily.com)
- Clay-Like Minerals Found on Icy Crust of Europa (spacefellowship.com)