Of all the places in our solar system (besides Earth) where life has a real shot at being lifeish, Europa is probably at the top of the list. This is why, in defiance of the warnings in 2010: Odyssey Two, NASA may send a pair of landers to Europa in 2020.
Our best guess is that Europa (one of the larger moons of Jupiter) is covered with a thick coat of ice, beneath which is a warm (or at least liquid) ocean. And if you’ve got water, and an energy source (Jupiter), all it takes is some happy little organic molecules and you’ve got life soup. And GIANT AQUATIC SPACE MONSTERS. Maybe. Continue reading