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This color composite view combines violet, green, and infrared images of Jupiter's intriguing moon, Europa, for a view of the moon in natural color (left) and in enhanced color designed to bring out subtle color differences in the surface (right).
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|The building blocks of life are strewn across the galaxy on or beneath many planetary surfaces and new evidence from NASA suggests that the necessary cocktail for life could be sitting right on one of Jupiter's moons. According to the study, Jupiter's moon Europa has enough hydrogen peroxide on its surface to potentially support life if it were to somehow mix with the ocean trapped beneath the moon's icy surface. The scientists said that the peroxide is created by the interaction between Europa's surface ice and the radiation generated by Jupiter's strong magnetic field. "Life as we know it needs liquid water, elements like carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur, and it needs some form of chemical or light energy to get the business of life done," explained NASA's Kevin Hand, the lead author of the study, which is published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. "Europa has the liquid..."|
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