Jupiter’s icy moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa, are the subject of a new mission by NASA called the Jupiter Ici Moons Explorer (JUCE). Launched in 2023, the spacecraft is set to reach Jupiter in 2031. The mission’s goal is to study these moons for signs of life.

Io, a moon of Jupiter, is known for its constant geological activity and heat generation. While this makes life unlikely to exist on Io, it is not impossible as the heat could potentially support life.

Titan, a moon of Saturn, has a complete liquid cycle on its surface but unlike water on Earth, Titan’s liquid is made of hydrocarbons. This increases the possibility of life existing on this moon.

Ceres, the largest asteroid in the Solar System, may have a subsurface ocean of water according to data collected between 2015 and 2018. Although evidence is still weak it suggests that very salty water could flow to the surface potentially containing microbial life.

Triton, a moon of Neptune rotates in opposite direction to its host planet and scientists believe that heat produced by radioactive decay keeps Triton’s mantle made up of water in liquid state creating potential conditions for life.

Enceladus, Saturn’s moon has been discovered to contain subsurface water ocean with plumes ejected into space from its subsurface through an icy shell hinting at possibility of life on Enceladus

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