Life on Europa? | Space Time | PBS Digital Studios


The Hubble Telescope found more evidence of vast plumes of water bursting through the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. What does this tell us about the potential for life on Europa?

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New findings have increased the likelihood that there is a vast ocean lying under the surface of Europa. Jupiter’s moon is emerging as one of the most likely places in our solar system to find life. Why do we think Europa is such a good bet for extra-terrestrial life? What would might that life look-like? And how soon will we be able to confirm this?

Written and hosted by Matt O’Dowd
Produced by Rusty Ward
Made by Kornhaber Brown (

Hydrothermal Vents:

Winter Flounder – Antifreeze Protein

Sky Whale:
Hypothetical advanced underwater life such as might exist in Europa’s ocean.
Image: © Adolf Schaller

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  1. Horny Toads 14 March, 2020 at 19:16 Reply

    we have the technology + the resources! All the space agencies i.e. NASA, ESA, SpaceX, ISA and iSpace should team up and quickly launch several rockets with probes and rovers bound for the jovian moons to uncover their secrets once and for all.. it should have been done 2 decades ago! Humanity needs to stop wasting time and cross the moons off our bucket list already! Planning and planning and planning.. just get it over with guys!

  2. Patrick Howard 14 March, 2020 at 19:16 Reply

    A guess about Europa's ocean… – STERILE. Do I want to see anything else? – of course. But not likely. – We will find 1) – The ocean is much much smaller than we thought… and 2) – nothing is there.

  3. Carlos Portilo 14 March, 2020 at 19:16 Reply

    This idea is really is a religion. Its amazing how a lethal environment brings life Not nurtured environment that we have seen in our surrounding in environment in which we live in. Interesting how this evolution religion try's to explain life and it completely backwards on what we know that support life.

  4. Jason Seifried 14 March, 2020 at 19:16 Reply

    I believe that we will find life. And there’s more earths as well. Why would God make just one earth 🌏

  5. joe caterman 14 March, 2020 at 19:16 Reply

    might be just every action in the universe is conscious…. but if you're not looking with the right eyes you don't know where the system of that consciousness begins and ends. In other words we're experiencing the universe rather than a free part of it.

  6. Fiti Papani 14 March, 2020 at 19:16 Reply

    there is properly intelligent octopus creatures watching videos about sending a probe to earth and what life could be there

  7. Marc Bell 14 March, 2020 at 19:16 Reply

    Fast moving shiny craft all thru earths skies and oceans for decades but lets publicly keep in denial about that.

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