Part 1: Searching for Other Life and Dark Matter in This Universe

“Europa's ocean could extend through the ice up to the surface where
there is access to oxidants, organic compounds, and light. … If there IS life
there, it would not necessarily be restricted to microorganisms. [ Meaning there could be swimming creatures in Europa’s deep ocean.] So, probably the best chance of finding current life in our solar system right now would be on Europa.”

- Richard Greenberg, Ph.D., Prof. of Planetary Sciences,
Univ. of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Lab

 

“Dragonfly 44 is as heavy as the Milky Way. So, it’s as big as the Milky Way. But it has only .1% of the stars of the Milky Way! It is almost entirely
made up of dark matter — 99.99%!”

- Pieter van Dokkum, Ph.D., Prof. of Astronomy, Yale University

Astronomy news in September 2016 highlights possibility of life in Europa's deep, salty ocean and the shocking discovery of a galaxy called Dragonfly 44 that is 99% dark matter and only 1% matter. This NASA image: Galaxy cluster Abell 1689.
Astronomy news in September 2016 highlights possibility of life in Europa's deep, salty ocean and the shocking discovery of a galaxy called Dragonfly 44 that is 99% dark matter and only 1% matter. This NASA image: Galaxy cluster Abell 1689.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took direct ultraviolet images of the icy moon Europa (foreground sphere) transiting across the disk of Jupiter (black and purple background). Out of ten observations, Hubble saw what may be the silhouettes of water plumes rising about 125 miles above Europa's surface in the southern hemisphere. (light blue enhancement) The above three intermittent water vapor plumes in 2014 were dated Jan. 26, Mar. 17 and April 4. This adds another piece of supporting evidence to the existence of water vapor plumes on Europa. Now NASA would like to have a spacecraft mission that could fly near the plume region to "sniff" for signs of organic life if the water vapor is coming from the huge Europa ocean beneath the moon's thick ice crust. Published on Sept. 26, 2016, by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Katrina Jackson.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took direct ultraviolet images of the icy moon Europa (foreground sphere) transiting across the disk of Jupiter (black and purple background). Out of ten observations, Hubble saw what may be the silhouettes of water plumes rising about 125 miles above Europa's surface in the southern hemisphere. (light blue enhancement) The above three intermittent water vapor plumes in 2014 were dated Jan. 26, Mar. 17 and April 4. This adds another piece of supporting evidence to the existence of water vapor plumes on Europa. Now NASA would like to have a spacecraft mission that could fly near the plume region to "sniff" for signs of organic life if the water vapor is coming from the huge Europa ocean beneath the moon's thick ice crust. Published on Sept. 26, 2016, by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Katrina Jackson.

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