This blog post is another a debate showdown! We take topics and make them into a debate!! Today’s topic is… Europa vs. Titan! Europa is one of Jupiter’s moons. Remember, please send us what moon you think is cooler by going to www.spectacularsci.com/debateform and fill out our form.
Europa is one of Jupiter’s moons. It takes 85 hours to orbit Jupiter. Europa is mostly made of rocks and ice. The part that really got scientists interested is… water!! This water bursts out of the surface of the moon like jets of water. These eruptions release water. Scientists think that Europa may have liquid water under it’s surface. This water sometimes shoots up through the surface in eruptions. It also has a frozen sea of water on it’s surface. This water could support microbial life on Europa, but scientists DO NOT know FOR SURE. Scientists and researchers are working to get samples of the eruptions of water to know for sure.
Titan is the second-largest moon in the Solar System. Titan orbits around Saturn every 16 Earth days. Titan has entire oceans and seas of liquid Methane, a gas that is so cold that it turns into a liquid! Titan also has a lot of empty rivers that were carved out by a liquid millions of years ago. Titan has these seas and oceans of liquid Methane. These seas may have microbial life in them! Microbes can live in extreme environments. This orange and blue colored planet is covered in these oceans and seas of liquid Methane like the Earth’s oceans. Scientists believe that the life that may be found on Titan will be microscopic organisms like bacteria. Titan is the ONLY celestial body in the Solar System that has liquids on it’s surface, other than the Earth. Titan may be a place in our Solar System where life might exist!