Living on Europa

What Would It Be Like to Live on Jupiter's Moon Europa?

Aloha – Yup, Europa not Europe.  There is a fun twist on this in the Demeter series.  The protagonist and friends are kidnapped or conscripted thinking they are going to the other side of the pond, or Europe from the U.S.  The surprise for them is that instead of a year in Europe, they are going to Demeter, whose Capital is the city tower, Europe.  “Read the fine print.”

Europa on the other hand is a moon of Jupiter.  There has been a fun series being put out by space.com about what it would be like to live on various moons and planets in the Solar System.  This week, the choice is Europa.  They recommend living on the side of the moon that faces the planet offering both a fantastic view and protection from a serious radiation problem.  However, it is bitter cold, with almost no gravity, and therefore no atmosphere.  There is a reasonable amount of sight seeing available, and with .14 Earth normal gravity, everywhere would be a hop, skip and a jump away.  The moon also harbors a massive ocean, but drilling down to it through the ice and rock might be problematic.

If you’d like to read the story it is available at

http://news.yahoo.com/live-jupiters-moon-europa-190331912.html;_ylt=AwrTWfyoHBJV43YA1gTQtDMD

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