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Can there be Life in the Environment of Europa?

At first you might think that Europa was unfriendly to life as we know it on earth.

Like other icy moons, Europa is small, with no air to breathe. On the surface, the temperature is very very cold.

But, inside of Europa there may be liquid water under the surface.

On Earth, we know that there are some creatures which can survive in an environment of very cold water, such as under the ice of the north pole.

This means that, if the conditions are just right, there may be living creatures on Europa under the icy surface!

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