It seems that Pluto continues to amaze the scientific community on Earth as new reports suggest there is widespread Water-Ice on Pluto
NASA has recently released a statement saying water ice is ‘widespread’ on dwarf Planet Pluto, sparking claims that it could, in fact, be home to mysterious Alien lifeforms.
Water Ice is called like that in order to differentiate it from other ices, such as methane, nitrogen and carbon monoxide, which are also present on Pluto.
Not long ago NASA discovered that Pluto has, in fact, ice and a blue atmosphere freakishly similar to that on Earth, claiming that the dwarf planet was in fact „Alive“.
Not long ago, Stern revealed that Pluto has an atmosphere, volcanic activity – and even WEATHER.
“Water ice on Pluto is basically the bedrock. It’s like finding deposits of granite on Earth,” said David Grinspoon, an astrobiologist and senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in an interview to Mic. “It’s more than telling us one specific thing — it’s giving us a great diagnostic tool. There’ll be a lot of Ph.D. theses written [about this].”
Grinspoon however, went on and said that this isn’t to say that Pluto can sustain life, adding that he is “tantalized” by the prospect.
“It’s active. It’s fresh. There are sources of activity, and possibly sources of heat, that we don’t understand. And you combine that with the presence of water, and you have to go, well, wait a minute, what are the requirements of life?” he said.
Scientists such as Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator said: “Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous.”
Blue skies and water-ice on Pluto are the ultimate proof that we have very little knowledge of all of the beauties of our solar system. Who knows what is waiting for us beyond the orbit of Pluto and its moons.
But, new studies indicate that ice is even more widespread on Pluto than scientists previously estimated. According does new reports, Ice on Pluto covers much of the mysterious space rock’s surface. This discovery has been interpreted my many as an important discovery in the hunt for extraterrestrial life forms in our solar system.
When we look for Alien life in the cosmos, we look towards places that have water, because water is a key component in life as we know it. Even though the surface temperature on Pluto is as low as -240C, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t life in such extreme places. On Earth, researchers have found microbes to survive in the most extremes places on the planet, in the coldest parts of Antarctica.
Turning towards pluto, a NASA spokesman said:
“The new map shows exposed water ice to be considerably more widespread across Pluto’s surface than was previously known — an important discovery.”
The new images beamed back by the New Horizons spacecraft are staggering.
“In this particular instance, it’s more of a clue as to what’s going on on Pluto, and more information to help us unravel the mystery of what is turning out to be a really complex and unusual and strange planet,” David Grinspoon, an astrobiologist and senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, told Mic. (“I can’t help but call it a planet,” he added, laughing.)