We may indeed be getting a mission to the tiny moon in the jovian system after all! The United States congress after being won by the republican party in the mid terms has upheld and will continue to support a mission to Europa. Europa being the moon of Jupiter with miles of subsurface ocean heated by the tidal friction of Jupiters gravitational tug. Most scientists are optimistic there is life existing in these watery depths, if at the very least around volcanic vents near the bottom. Evidence for that reasoning comes from our own planet where entire ecosystems spring up and thrive miles under the ocean away from the influence of the sunlight around volcanic vents. This provides hope that there may indeed be life outside of our own biosphere.
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