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Q&BA: Which moon has the best chance for life?

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitApr 20, 2012 2:04 PM

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Every weekend when I can I do an interactive live video chat on Google+ where people can ask me questions about space and astronomy. I call it Q&BA, and it's always fun to hear what questions are on people's minds. Apropos of my recent post about Saturn's moon Enceladus, I got this question: "Which moon has the best chance for life: Titan, Europa, or Enceladus?" This is a common question, and worth exploring! Here's what I said:

[embed width="610"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6yefoCoYcQ[/embed]

Mars is still an interesting place to look for life, but those moons -- all three -- are very, very enticing. I'd love to see us launching future space probes with some icy targets in their sights. [P.S. The aspect ratio of the video is stretchy for some reason; the video looked fine before I uploaded it to YouTube. I'll try to track this problem down.]

I have an archive of Q&BA links and videos. Take a look and see if there are other ones that tickle your imagination.


Related Posts: - Q&BA: Can we build a space habitat? - Q&BA: The Science of Science Fiction - Q&BA: How does a gravity slingshot work? - Q&BA: Why spend money on NASA? - Q&BA: What happens if you are exposed to the vacuum of space?

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