British space scientist Professor Monica Grady recently shared her beliefs about the possibility of life in Europe, one of Jupiter’s moons, and Mars, during her address at Liverpool Hope University, where she had just been appointed Chancellor.
In fact, this planetary and space science professor said Europe can host extraterrestrial life and Mars could also hide primitive microorganisms, reports Phys.org.
In Europe, cuttlefish or squid can be found under the ice caps
Professor Grady explains that the idea that the icy seas beneath Europe’s ice caps could hide octopuses or octopus-like creatures, and that Mars could also harbor tiny bacteria beneath its surface.
The reason for this is that, according to this scientist, this alien life form is protected from sunlight under the ice and this ice could also serve as a water source. In addition, ice would also act as a protective barrier against solar radiation and asteroid impact, not to mention the fact that if Europe was to harbor hydrothermal vents and sodium chloride at the bottom of its ocean, it would also increase the likelihood of collapse. ‘find life forms there. In addition, the professor relies on the hypothesis that life forms on Europe are a little more developed than on Mars.
Statistically, life on other planets is possible
Professor Grady, who has already worked with the European Space Agency (ESA), recalls that we are not sure whether our planetary system is anything special, especially since we still know very little about the stars in the galaxy. She believes there is a good chance that there will be life elsewhere.
According to this scientist, this form of extraterrestrial life is protected from solar radiation under the ice. Photo credit: Shutterstock / mr.Timmi
She explains, “Humans evolved from small, furry mammals that were given the opportunity to evolve because the dinosaurs were killed by an asteroid impact. This is unlikely to happen on all planets, but at least it is only possible based on a statistical argument. “
However, this scientist does not rule out the hypothesis that we could be “everything in the galaxy”. If so, she explains that “we have a duty to protect the planet (…) and even if there are octopuses in Europe, that gives us no reason to destroy our planet”.
The next missions to Mars will tell us more about the planet
In addition, this year promises great advances in our understanding of the red planet. In fact, at least three different missions are planned on Mars this year: the ExoMars 2020, Mars 2020, and Hope Mars missions. The first is a joint project between ESA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos, which will be launched next July. The second landed on Mars earlier this month and took over NASA’s new rover. The final mission is a United Arab Emirates-funded exploration probe that will be launched this summer.