It is too close to the Sun, extremely hot and dry, and has very little atmosphere.
This earthly discovery could actually be a boon to the search for life on other planets with extreme environments once thought to be too hostile to support living organisms.
The surface of Titan is wet with hydrocarbons. Titan resembles Earth perhaps more closely than any other celestial body in the solar system.
But instead of water oceans, this frigid moon is home to vast hydrocarbon lakes. Further study of how life can survive in water trapped in oil "would give us better ideas how organisms on Titan, if they exist, could adapt to live in those hydrocarbons," study co-author Dirk Schulze-Makuch, an astrobiologist at Washington State University in Pullman, told Live Science.
Mars In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, astronomer Percival Lowell popularized the idea that "canals" on the Red Planet were the work of intelligent Martians. Those apparent channels turned out to be a spectacular illusion.
All forms of terrestrial life need water, which is why scientists have been focused on finding it on Mars and elsewhere in the solar system. Europa If water is the key to life as we know it, then Europa might be the most promising candidate in the search for alien organisms.
This moon of Jupiter is thought to harbor a huge ocean of liquid water beneath its thick icy crust. In recent years, scientists have discovered microbial life in extreme ocean environments on Earth, which hint that strange life forms could exist in a place like Europa.
Last year, scientists found microbial life in an Antarctic lake buried deep beneath the ice sheet. Just last month, the space agency put out a call for ideas for scientific instruments that could detect signs of life on a future mission to Europa.3.
|Image via NASA smithsonian. Previous research has shown that the moon is covered with water ice, and may contain a liquid ocean underneath its surface—raising the tantalizing possibility that Europa could harbor life.|
|Life on other Planets and Moons in the Solar System - Universe Guide||It is not to say that life doesn't or ever existed on other planets and moons, its just we've not finished checking everywhere yet and have not found any evidence yet. There are eight planets and an untold number of moons that have to be checked.|
|There are eight planets and an untold number of moons that have to be checked. The Earth has one moon but Jupiter has sixty plus moons.|
|The Possibilities And Search For Life In Our Solar System | Las Cumbres Observatory||A number of interplanetary destinations could harbor extraterrestrial life—finding it could be just a space mission away Jupiter's moon Europa, potentially home to a liquid water ocean, is considered one of the likeliest locales for extraterrestrial life.|
Mars As far as planets go, by far the front-runner for life is our next-door neighbor, Mars. The red planet is the most Earth-like of solar system planets, with a comparatively similar size and.
We still don't have hard evidence for any life that's not of this Earth, but across our solar system there are some tantalizing possibilities for primitive life to find a haven.
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In recent years, the remarkable number of planets we've discovered orbiting distant stars (, at latest count) has shifted the focus of the search for extraterrestrial life to other solar systems.
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All of the necessary things to support life have been found on one of the moons . The discovery of microbes in droplets of water trapped in an asphalt lake could be a boon to the search for extreme life on other planets.
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