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Message 1105563 - Posted: 12 May 2011, 22:59:51 UTC

Here's the latest interesting view on Jupiter's Io:


Jupiter moon 'holds magma ocean'

... Its magma ocean layer is at least 50km thick, and probably makes up at least 10% of the moon's mantle by volume. Its temperature probably exceeds 1,200C.

This aquifer sits under the crust, some 50km down. ...



Which means... Towards the surface there will be more Earthly temperatures...

Might there be enough water, atmosphere, and habitat for some hard organisms to thrive?

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Message 1106178 - Posted: 14 May 2011, 17:19:28 UTC

Martin, I saw this yesterday and it's a very interesting development. I'm not a professional, but I think the answer to your question is probably no. But here's an article that speaks directly to your question.

http://www.astrobio.net/exclusive/3518/the-chance-for-life-on-io

Life or no, there's clearly a lot to learn from Io.

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Message 1106430 - Posted: 15 May 2011, 11:03:06 UTC

Personally I cannot wait for more observations of Saturn's moon Enceladus and Titan, and Jupiter's moon Europa. Those moons hold a lot of possibilities for some form of life.


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