Pluto’s Icy Surface Suggests Human Could Live There
It’s a long shot, but it may still push the boundaries to become a habitable zone.
There’s a small chance that Pluto’s subsurface ocean might harbor primitive life, and that could spread the quest of finding life far out in other areas of the Kuiper Belt.
Latest studies based on a combination of computer modelling and data from the New Horizons mission, suggest that there is a possible ocean hiding under the icy exterior of Sputnik Planitia, it is the flat cold valley found in the western lobe of Pluto’s famed heart-shaped feature.
If that ocean exists, suggests William McKinnon, professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University, and co-author on two of the most recent studies. It raises the questions on whether there could be life under the frozen nitrogen that surrounds Pluto’s icy core.
It’s a remote possibility, but it raises very interesting questions about the potential for life in wholly unexpected places on the outskirts of our solar system.
The chances of life existing on Pluto is remote at the moment, it is possible what, but in what form? Will it be based on the chemical composition of its surrounding layer and the ocean.
In a recent Nature paper, planetary scientist James T. Keane at the University of Arizona stated that it is most probably made of hydrocarbons. That makes the chemistry of life possible, and temperatures might be survivable for microorganism. On our planet the entire food chains thrives under ice sheets at temperatures as cold as 23°F.
Of course, water alone isn’t sufficient for life to arise or sustain itself; energy is critical, which could be something similar to the deep-sea hydrothermic vents here on Earth.
The scientists have also hypothesized on Europa and other icy planets. However, there’s no clear evidence to support that idea of life on Pluto as yet.
However, the theory is still hotly debated, but for now we will just have to wait for more concrete evidence, that human could actually live on planet Pluto.