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The deep ocean of Europa may be home to extremophile life forms. Credit: NASA/JPL/Michael Carroll

The deep ocean of Europa may be home to extremophile life forms. Credit: NASA/JPL/Michael Carroll

Jupiter's moon Europa offers some tantalizing possibilities for life in our Solar System. The sixth largest satellite in the Solar System contains a deep ocean, the deepest in the Solar System. New discoveries of extremophiles (life capable of living under extreme conditions) on Earth suggest that a paradigm shift is in order — life may be more prevalent in our Solar System than previously thought. Given the bizarre life forms that live at the bottom of Earth's ocean...
 

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