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Question Inhabitable place?

There is a really good photo of the surface near
Rhadamanthys Linea in Astronomy Now June 2019.

Also an excellent 6 page article entitled (Europa) Is there life . . . under the ice? Astronomy August 2001.
 
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Sounds like Europa has a shortage of every essential resource required for a colony except water.
Ken, this amplifies (and does not contradict) your statement but seems maybe a little more optimistic?

https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/jupiter-moons/europa/in-depth/

"Europa’s vast and unfathomably deep ocean is widely considered the most promising place to look for life beyond Earth. A passing spacecraft might even be able to sample Europa’s ocean without landing on the moon’s surface because it is possible that Europa’s ocean may be leaking out into space."
 
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I have been reading all I can on Europa for these reasons. I see that Space.com itself has some good articles on the topic.


I admit that I've not even started looking into Enceladus yet.
Happy day!
 
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It is very interesting that there is liquid water in the outer Solar System. Looking at surface temperatures, taking Jupiter and Titan (largest satellite of Saturn) as examples:

The temperature in the clouds of Jupiter is about minus 145 degrees Celsius
Although it moves in latitude, the maximum measured temperature on Titan remains around --179.6 degrees Celsius, 93.6 Kelvin).

Since there is little warmth from the Sun, we have to look for internal heating to find water at or above 0 degrees C,,

The major heating source of Earth and its moon is radioactive heating, but the heating source on Io is tidal heating.
 
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MJ - sorry, I was thinking inhabitable, as in somewhere people might be able to live rather than inhabitable as in non-terrestrial life might live there. Looking for evidence of life is very good reason to look closer at Europa but it does not look suited to colonisation.
 
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MJ - sorry, I was thinking inhabitable, as in somewhere people might be able to live rather than inhabitable as in non-terrestrial life might live there. Looking for evidence of life is very good reason to look closer at Europa but it does not look suited to colonisation.
Back to the gushers for the first point and nods of agreement (at least in the short to medium term) for the second. Cat :)
 
Comes back to how we define inhabitable.

Same question: terraforming or colonisation?
Terraforming - in your dreams for most locations - colonies ten a penny in comparison.
 

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