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Pluto Could be Hosting Alien Life, says UK Physicist

Picture Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Picture Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Ruling out humans-like existence on any planet in our galaxy, UK scientists said alien life forms could be living in the sub-surface of Pluto.

Based on a possible subterranean sea underneath the glaciers as shown in New Horizons mission which passed by the dwarf planet recently, they are confident enough that the the warm sub-surface could be hosting life in some form.

UK physicist Brian Cox told ‘The Times’, “If our understanding of life on Earth is even slightly correct – that you could have living things there,” he said.

New horizons flew by Pluto in July and its detailed images of Pluto and its moons — Charons, Styx, Nix, Kerberos and Hydra — are strong enough evidence to conclude that living organisms could be found on any of them.

Compared to Jupiter’s moon Europa or Saturn’s moon Titan, which could be hosting subsurface warm oceans and dependent organism, Pluto is “not as accessible, unfortunately,” he noted.

Saturn’s moon “Enceladus throws liquid into space, so you can fly through that and see if it’s got organics in it,” he explained. Enceladus is the sixth-largest moon of Saturn that was discovered in 1789 and the two Voyager spacecraft passed nearby in the early 1980s.

Humans or other animals found on Earth with complex multi-cellular organisms are so difficult to squeeze through in any other planet but certainly these planets are home to some simplest biology, he reiterated.

Cox finally says that “complex life is probably rare” in other planets.


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