Planets like Mars and icy moons like Europa may hold life in some form, although it is not known in what form they might exist. Most of the missions to these worlds are already taking place, or are planned for the future. < p > < p > Gareth dorrian provides an overview of planets and other celestial bodies that offer us the best chance to find life near our own stars, some of which may surprise you. < / P > < p > dorrian’s first target is Mars, which is quite predictable. Mars is indeed the most earth like planet in our system. It’s a rocky planet, once largely covered with liquid water. After billions of years, all this has changed, but what was the planet like then? Is it just water and rocks, or is life there? No matter what the history of the planet, dorrian believes that some form of life may still exist on Mars. Researchers have detected underground lakes, and the planet has a habit of ejecting methane clouds that change with the seasons, which may be a hint that life is still hiding somewhere. < / P > < p > and then the icy moons of Saturn and Jupiter. Saturn and Jupiter’s icy moons, Enceladus and Europa, are both covered with a thick layer of ice, which for a long time was thought to be the limit of the planet. However, after careful observation, it is clear that under the skin of the frost, liquid water is abundant. Tidal forces keep water liquid, and heat from the depths of the planet may also be at work. If that’s true, life could be there even in the absence of sunlight. The last moon on Saturn’s list of the world’s largest moons is Titan. There are liquid lakes and rivers on the surface of the satellite, but it is not water that flows through these lakes and rivers, but hydrocarbons such as liquid methane and ethane, which are cooled to extremely low temperatures. However, if the planet hides liquid water deep beneath its toxic surface, there is a possibility of life there. Privacy Policy