This is a drawing of the Galileo probe exploring the environment of Jupiter.
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Image from: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Can there be Life in the Environment of Jupiter?
Jupiter's atmospheric environment is one of powerful winds,
going 250 miles per hour, and temperatures from -270 degrees to +32 degrees (freezing temperature). These winds make it hard for life forms to have "peace and quiet".
The region where it is 32 degrees sounds OK if you had a coat, but if it got to be -200 degrees, you'd be pretty cold!
The air of Jupiter is made of ammonia, sulfur, and water.
Overall, this environment sounds very unfriendly to life as we know it on earth.
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