How NASA Plans to Discover Alien Life on Jupiter’s Moon, Europa


The search for extraterrestrial life extends
into the far reaches of our galaxy and while several distant exoplanets are strong candidates to maybe host life, what if the most promising destination is right in our celestial backyard? The perfect conditions for alien life, might just be hidden under the icy crust of Jupiter’s moon, Europa, and since it’s in our solar
system, we can actually go to it. A new mission from NASA just got the green
light to proceed with building an in-depth, investigative orbiter named Europa Clipper. This will be the first time we send a spacecraft
to a moon other than our own, and perhaps, uncover that we might not be alone in the universe. So NASA has reason to believe that Europa is potentially habitable because of the information they’ve received from the Hubble
Space Telescope, and from previous space missions. These spacecraft weren’t destined for Europa,
but they took measurements of the moon’s surface while passing by. It was from one of these flybys that the strongest
piece of evidence of Europa’s ocean emerged. The Galileo mission measured a deep magnetic
field that could only be produced by an electrically conductive fluid under the moon’s 15 to
25 kilometers thick icy layer. Scientists estimate, even though the moon
is 10% smaller than our own, the predicted salt water ocean underneath could be twice
the volume of all of Earth’s oceans combined. Now, life as we know it needs at least three
requirements: liquid water, the right chemical elements, and an energy source. So while this icy world probably has water, and possible elements, it’s been hard to nail down an energy source on Europa, but NASA’s orbiter
is prepared to find it. The Europa Clipper’s payload will be stocked
with nine different instruments. Each built by researchers across the U.S.
and curated by NASA specifically for this mission. Some of the equipment are systems like cameras
and spectrometers that aim to map and produce high-resolution images. But other specialized machinery includes a
dual-frequency radar instrument that can penetrate the thickness of Europa’s icy shell in search
for subsurface lakes—like the ones found in Antarctica. There will also be a magnetometer device and
a plasma instrument that together, will measure Europa’s magnetic field and the ocean’s
depth and salinity. And even more tools will be searching for water plumes erupting from the
moon’s surface, and will be able to detect even tiny water particles in the atmosphere. These droplets might be connected to the hidden
subsurface ocean. Every instrument onboard is designed to paint
a detailed picture of the moon’s composition from the surface to the atmosphere, without actually landing on it. In fact, the spacecraft won’t be orbiting
Europa at all. The moon sits within one of Jupiter’s intense
bands of radiation. And although Clipper is armed to withstand some
radioactive emissions, it wouldn’t last more than a few weeks around Europa. Instead, the orbiter will be using Jupiter’s
gravitational pull to loop around Europa on 45 close flybys. Some as close as 25 kilometers. Now, just to be clear, at the very least,
if scientists do find life, they are expecting it to be most likely in the form of tiny microbes. Maybe similar to the extremophile creatures
we have on Earth that thrive in subterranean volcanoes, deep-sea vents, or arid deserts. There could be something more complex to find,
but at the moment, there’s a bigger hurdle still facing this mission; how will it get
there? According to NASA, the Europa Clipper remains
on target for a launch between 2023 and 2025. The question is whether it will fly on NASA’s Space Launch System rocket, which may not be ready in the next few years, or if it will ride atop a commercial rocket, like SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy or United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV
Heavy. But commercial options lead to more travel
time in space, which Clipper might not be ready for. Timelines aren’t matching up and the politics
are still murky for this pivotal mission, which makes the anticipation all the more
nail-biting. Because of the challenges of distance and
radiation, paired with the enormously tantalizing idea of finding life beyond Earth, Europa
Clipper is maybe one of the most ambitious missions ever attempted by NASA. We still have some years before anything is
leaving the ground, but we’ll be keeping a watchful eye on this mission that could change our perspective
of life in the universe forever. Europa Clipper is exciting, so exciting in
fact that people are pushing to send a lander next! But we’ll have to get there first. If you want more launch updates in your day,
check out the Countdown to Launch playlist here and subscribe to Seeker for all your rocket
needs. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next
time.

100 thoughts on “How NASA Plans to Discover Alien Life on Jupiter’s Moon, Europa

  • September 20, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    Hi, thanks for watching! In the video we mention this will be the first time "we" send a spacecraft to a moon other than our own. However, to clarify, this is the first time "NASA" will send a spacecraft to a moon other than Earth's own. Seeker is committed to providing accurate and up to date news about all things science, and we apologize for this miscommunication. To watch more Countdown To Launch, check out our playlist: http://bit.ly/CTLplaylist

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  • September 21, 2019 at 7:44 am
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    "Attempt no landing on Europa"-the landlord

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  • September 21, 2019 at 7:49 am
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    You never explained how it will detect life.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 8:04 am
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    Thanks Maren… If the mission is successful and find some basic life forms will it finally demolish religion and allow science to progress faster?

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  • September 21, 2019 at 8:14 am
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    not first time. your info i wront. space craft was sent to titan before

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  • September 21, 2019 at 8:29 am
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    Has anyone ever visited Uranus?

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  • September 21, 2019 at 8:40 am
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    Thankyou for your wonderful video. According to Professor Alphas Schprinkelweis there should be a variety of small creatures living there. It is rich in two rare minerals, Fosmoses and Galinordin.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 8:43 am
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    First I want nasa to return to the moon

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  • September 21, 2019 at 8:48 am
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    We landed a craft at Saturn's moon before this I think

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  • September 21, 2019 at 9:10 am
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    If we discovered extraterrestrial 👽 life then we will feel fascinating 😮 & if Aliens 👽 will discovered humans then they will feel like this :—😒😣🤬

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  • September 21, 2019 at 9:36 am
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    The print on your sweet shirt is peachy, cheers ! R² Britanny

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  • September 21, 2019 at 10:22 am
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    NASA should concentrate on going to our moon. They have been promising to go back for 50 years. How about a high resolution picture of the previous landing site. 55 million a day in tax revenue should be enough for some pictures? You would think they would want to show us the greatest accomplishment in man kind. Idk I’m probably asking for way too much. Maybe 100 million a day would be enough.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 10:24 am
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    So this video means they've already found life.

    This is part of the drip. It's awesome though

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  • September 21, 2019 at 10:37 am
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    Nasa ? Alien life?
    This is how to get beat up
    Don't listen to this shit
    Nasa is fake

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  • September 21, 2019 at 10:44 am
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    Seeker was right after all. After a quick browse:
    Cassini was a spacecraft sent to orbit and study Saturn.
    Huygens was a probe (not a spacecraft) dropped into the moon Titan.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 10:47 am
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    More cover up bull shit. Life here. Life there. Blah blah blah. Nasa. Never a damn straight answer. Ancient astronauts have already been to earth you idiots.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 11:01 am
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    The MAJOR issue with cosmology and videos like this. So, you show the word "simulation" regarding the under ice transfer of energy…but the proceeding explanation you neglect to label as "speculation", which it is…and then go on to show computer generated impressions of Europa's surface and intentionally neglect to label these as "simulations". It's how the industry of cosmology has conned the world with wild theories and imaginings that on many many occasions, have been proven wrong by the very instruments, probes and satellites cosmology designed to prove it's theories correct. It's a very dodgy game.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 11:03 am
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    “How NASA plans to waste tons of money finding some possible microbes on a frozen moon.”

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  • September 21, 2019 at 11:32 am
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    Want to find ET life ? Well astronaut Edgar Mitchel the 6th man on the moon. already have your answers https://youtu.be/Gc_bh7X85jw?t=30

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  • September 21, 2019 at 11:42 am
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    As self destructive as the human race is, even if there is intelligent life out there, we’ll probably destroy ourselves before we discover them and alien life probably already knows that we exist and don’t want to be bothered with us.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 11:52 am
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    How will commercial options lead to longer travel times?

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  • September 21, 2019 at 11:55 am
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    If life is found on another planets in our solar system it seems only fitting to call it/them Solar-terrestrial life

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  • September 21, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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    We’re not even on mars how we gonna make it there

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  • September 21, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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    Those dinosaurs are lucky bastard's😂😂

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  • September 21, 2019 at 12:42 pm
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    "First Spacecraft sent to a moon other than our own."
    Huygens: Am I a joke to you?

    Edit: Ya I know Huygens was an ESA probe and I guess they're talking about the first NASA mission to a moon.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 12:51 pm
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    Imma call the citizens of Europa europan

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  • September 21, 2019 at 1:17 pm
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    Oh please let there be life

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  • September 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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    I think we just have to assume we the first species in universe history to begin external exploration outside our planet🤔

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  • September 21, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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    No need to i thought aliens come here in their ufo's and get the flu and float back home and give their species the flu and kills off his species

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  • September 21, 2019 at 2:37 pm
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    No fake they will fake the aliens too. You're too blind to see the lies absoloutly nothing has ever left our earth
    Sleep tight sheep

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  • September 21, 2019 at 2:49 pm
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    Wasn't there a dedicated lander on titan

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  • September 21, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    Time to euthanize SLS. Cmon. Its obviously outdated n overpriced vs besoz n musk

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:04 pm
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    'Scientists plan to discover'? That is not very scientific. Kind of hypocritical. When did science started to' believe and hence become religious itself? I guess the saying goes, that which you fight you tend to become. In fact science has been fighting itself through psychological projection. One can not remove imagination and subjective perspective from scientific method. There is no pure science, there has never been. It is all the same. All people are in the end the same, everyone believes in something due to the fact that imagination is present (i.e. we are not machines). If we were, perhaps then we would be truly scientific. The only true scientist is a computer. We can not remove our subjective consciousness and perception from the scientific method of objective observation, even quantum physics has allegedly proven it that the observer collapses the wave function. So whom are scientists fooling then that they are so perfect, yet go about to plan to discover? (Let us be honest). Asking this as engineer/scientist who has made subjective observations that there are no coincidences, and hence there is more to this reality, but I am honestly incapable as a human being to comprehend it at this stage and it is very likely nobody ever will. The only thing left is pursuit of truth which seems to be never-ending. If you plan to discover, then you will discover. If you plan not to discover, then you will not discover. Such is human mind that influences end results and observations of 'reality' (whatever this whole thing is). I wonder, how is Stephen Hawking truly a scientist like many claim, if he is sure that there are micro black holes, and we have not yet even observed one? Sounds very hypocritical and religious to me…

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:21 pm
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    Europa Report

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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    Never A Straight Answer

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:26 pm
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    "All these worlds are yours, except Europa.
    Do not atempt landing there."

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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    lol all these people who think Nasa is anything more than a tool to launder stolen money…. your idea of a heliocentric universe is completely false.

    aaaaand here come all the people who worship Science, not knowing what it really is. "But I have a degree in blah blah blah…I went to school. This is what they told me, It's facts.."sound science""
    Founded by nazis, and followers of Crowley. Wernher von Braun had Psalms 19:1 written on his Tombstone. I bet he knew more than you pretend to.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:17 pm
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    That Nintendo Switch sound at the end 😆

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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    Nasa = BS

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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    The Firmi Paradox proves that alien's do not exist.

    Moon transit rotation proves that it is close, small, and passing over a flat Earth surface.

    And logic suggests NASA has not been to the moon or anywhere outside our closed Earth system.

    No ballistics coriolis effect no spinning ball. It's just that simple.

    No deaths in space even though they say over a million man hours have been logged. Not even a major injury or illness jeopardizing a single solitary mission. Not one.
    All injuries and deaths due to the so called space program have happened in Earth's atmosphere. That's a joke, because space is the harshest environmental known to man. On one side its nearly 300 degrees below zero and on the other side nearly 300 degrees above zero all in a vacuum that wants to pull everything with pressure apart with the force of a friggin freight train. But no injuries or deaths, they only happen in our safe environment of our atmosphere.
    If you balltards ballieve all that it's because you're all blue ball suckers. Lol no injuries in space, someone call OSHA and Genus world book because we either got a fraud or a safe work place record. I vote fraud because the Earth is obviously flat the moon landings looked fake and no injuries in over a million hours is just impossible.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    Extraterrestrials are already here.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    Making s#it up to entertain the average, discernment and logic free people. Congrats, keep the children dreaming.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    Giant octopus there, under the ice. Feeding on plankton. Be amazing wouldn't it?. Good video!

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  • September 21, 2019 at 5:13 pm
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    Theres no alien life on other planets.
    Earth is flat with a dome ( firmament ) over it. Earth doesnt move. As God created it.
    Nobody can come in and nobody can go out.
    Nasa is deceiving many!

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  • September 21, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    Is NASA going to quite Lying to the world. They know the TRUTH BUT HAS NOT TOLD THE WORLD THE TRUTH EVER. THEY JUST SHOW THE PEOPLE DOCTORED PICTURES. NEVER SHOWING OR TELLING THE TRUTH.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 5:27 pm
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    if nasa is looking for aliens, they should see my neighbors. 🥴

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  • September 21, 2019 at 5:46 pm
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    None of these planets have an atmosphere so no life..

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  • September 21, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    Gov been all over our whole solar system. Any earth like planet is occupied. The moon and mars as well. We have government here on earth. So does our solar system. Laws down here and laws up there. Nothing new!

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  • September 21, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    What's area 51 then?

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  • September 21, 2019 at 7:07 pm
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    In has intense radiation and they are trying to find things that are still alive? Are we really that low on glowstick fluid?

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  • September 21, 2019 at 7:34 pm
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    Oh yes there life forms on other planets in other universes & yes in our universe if not on the planet but inside the planet those who can’t accept this is because they live in a box & don’t know they have power to make their lives better and if they don’t want to that is up to them but they don’t need to stop those who are open & expand their lives

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  • September 21, 2019 at 8:03 pm
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    Insane, even NASA admit they can't and never have passed Van Allen Belt, so dream on and live in fairy tales You stupid and indoctrinated globalists

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  • September 21, 2019 at 8:11 pm
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    Damn ice bugs !

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  • September 21, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    Want contact? take three giant hits of dmt, i promise you will burst into a new space and meet so many extraterrestrials

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  • September 21, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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    Is 400 degrees below 0 habitable.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 10:14 pm
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    Why dont we just ask TRUMP? TRUMP knows more about space then anyone 🙂

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  • September 21, 2019 at 10:42 pm
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    Yeah, they will just plant a american flag and call that a day.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 10:54 pm
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    Load a bollocks…bu just keep giving us your taxes 🤮🤮🤮

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  • September 21, 2019 at 10:59 pm
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    We cannot breach the Ionosphere when do people actually learn this harsh truth instead of being gullible imbeciles science will clearly speak if you idiots would read learn & assert the damn truth

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  • September 21, 2019 at 11:00 pm
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    I know I am the only one posing the honest harsh truth on this video I do it on many because people need to learn the damn harsh truth of their fictional nonsense

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  • September 21, 2019 at 11:00 pm
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    STOP LISTENING TO SHILLS & START READING

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  • September 21, 2019 at 11:53 pm
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    The money that mission will cost could have been spent curing individuals of diseases and feeding the hungry. They should concern themselves with the wellbeing of human beings on earth.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 12:12 am
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    Maren is hot! 🥵

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  • September 22, 2019 at 12:31 am
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    DAMN SHE IS GORGEOUS

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  • September 22, 2019 at 2:05 am
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    By creating fantastic animations and feed it to a gulable public that questions nothing. That how they find life

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  • September 22, 2019 at 2:24 am
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    Came here for PewDiePie, stayed for science)

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  • September 22, 2019 at 2:36 am
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    ❤️ your shirt…..I want one.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    With Europa being within one of the bands of radiation, what would the point be of sending an expensive probe to investigate it if machines, let alone humans, can't deal with the intense amount of radiation?

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  • September 22, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Give them my regards.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 3:31 am
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    Beware thots

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  • September 22, 2019 at 3:53 am
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    It is so sad to think that we tend to find life from other moons and planets rather than fixing our own planet to sustain life😔

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  • September 22, 2019 at 4:10 am
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    Why do i feel like this channel is run by the government…

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  • September 22, 2019 at 4:53 am
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    IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP WORLD🙏
    https://youtu.be/Ka9NEKUptU4
    WE HAVE AS OF NOW what we call Free Energy Technology
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  • September 22, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    hey baby, you are getting FAT. ¡Do diet and exercise!

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  • September 22, 2019 at 5:27 am
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    Being “discovered” by humans in most cases means death.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 5:36 am
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    I'm here after watching "2010: the year we make contact"😁😁…to know more about Europa …. phenomenal movie…🤩

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  • September 22, 2019 at 6:21 am
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    She so fine

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  • September 22, 2019 at 7:00 am
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    Trying to find life out there when we are already alive is assuming we are some special case in this universe.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 8:50 am
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    if ever there are life in jupiter's moon, china has ready to shoot them thru the atomic bomb and invade them

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:33 am
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    It's weird how I start binging on cosmos related videos and suddenly I see a video about our current geopolitics on earth and realise how trivial we are and how much time we waste on fighting each other…

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:35 am
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    In spite of going so far and wasting lots of money, just visit Area 51 u will find lots of alien their…

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:36 am
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    Who else here doesn’t believe in evolution but watches seeker

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  • September 22, 2019 at 10:24 am
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    Oh that’s easy, NASA will lie, cheat and CGI their way into declaring they found life on one of Jupiter’s moons. Wake up people, these cowboys haven’t been ANYWHERE!

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  • September 22, 2019 at 11:23 am
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    Colonizing Europa is NOT possible.
    Jupiter’s Van Allen Radiation Belt is 10x stronger than Earths which would kill humans.

    Source…
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonization_of_Europa#Possible_problems

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  • September 22, 2019 at 11:30 am
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    FAKE ISS.. FAKE 911 .. FAKE MOON LANDING … WAKE UP PEOPLE TO THE CGI MIND CONTROL CRAP

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  • September 22, 2019 at 1:30 pm
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    Question are we using alcohol fuel

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  • September 22, 2019 at 4:09 pm
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    And another thing for NASA to lie about as they collect our tax dollars. ..roughly 52 million a day!

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  • September 22, 2019 at 4:23 pm
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    Theure gonna watch the stupid movie. Alien squid oh how exciting! I want one as a pet!

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  • September 22, 2019 at 7:22 pm
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    We did land on Titan. Europa's ocean is of course the subject of Arthur C. Clarke's 2010, always decades ahead of his time. The film is a beautiful rendition of Jupiter and it's moons.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 7:37 pm
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    Heard similar thirty years ago

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  • September 22, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    Can we cure world hunger and cancer first?

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:08 pm
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    Fake news …….

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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    Is that cool Dinosaur top part of the seeker merchandise??? 😮

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  • September 22, 2019 at 10:07 pm
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    This is bullshit the military already confirmed life outside of our own a week ago so this is pure bullshit where is the news coverage on that cuzz people been talking about it for the past week

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  • September 23, 2019 at 2:01 am
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    I think I heard something about us landing a probe on Saturn's moon, Titan.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    Another bullshit,. Their hoping so badly to find life on other planets.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 4:58 am
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    '
    just wonder how spacecraft can see through the europa inside the core to outside at 013 to 019 / 113 to 118

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  • September 23, 2019 at 5:31 am
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    We had a probe go to titan, another moon that’s not ours…

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  • September 23, 2019 at 5:33 am
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    She said that Europa is 10 times smaller than our moon and it's not true.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 6:59 am
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    It's not the first spacecraft to visit a other moon that is the one for titan

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