Nature Is Usually More Imaginative Than We Are

A direct search for life in Europa’s ocean would today be prohibitively expensive. Impacts on Europa give us an easier way to look for evidence of life there. Every time a major the fish is out thereimpact occurs on Europa, a vast quantity of water is splashed from the ocean into the space around Jupiter. Some of the water evaporates, and some condenses into snow. Creatures living in the water far enough from the impact have a chance of being splashed intact into space and quickly freeze-dried. Therefore, an easy way to look for evidence of life in Europa’s ocean is to look for freeze-dried fish in the ring of space debris orbiting Jupiter.

Freeze-dried fish orbiting Jupiter is a fanciful notion, but nature in the biological realm has a tendency to be fanciful. Nature is usually more imaginative than we are.

Freeman Dyson

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