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We're going to Pluto for the swimming.

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue May 21, 2019 6:23 pm

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Gas insulation could be protecting an ocean inside Pluto
Science Daily
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Researchers at Japan's Hokkaido University, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokushima University, Osaka University, Kobe University, and at the University of California, Santa Cruz, considered what could keep the subsurface ocean warm while keeping the ice shell's inner surface frozen and uneven on Pluto. The team hypothesized that an "insulating layer" of gas hydrates exists beneath the icy surface of Sputnik Planitia. Gas hydrates are crystalline ice-like solids formed of gas trapped within molecular water cages. They are highly viscous, have low thermal conductivity, and could therefore provide insulating properties.

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Re: We're going to Pluto for the swimming.

Post by sparks » Tue May 21, 2019 7:50 pm

Appropriately designed submersible could prove interesting. But we should send the first series to Europa.

Since there seems to be a lot of water in our system, and Oxygen on our planet is largely created by life, one must ask how much primordial Oxygen there is, necessary to create an ocean in which life may begin.

https://gizmodo.com/theres-primordial-o ... 1739333271

No real answer there but it does show there is at least some.
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