Re: SPACE: Contaminating Europa, was: Greens on Space

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Tue Mar 13 2001 - 22:16:19 MST

Neal Blaikie wrote:

> Perhaps the concern here is that if there is life (micriobial or
> otherwise) under the surface of Europa, exposing it to Earth microbes
> could possibly harm or destroy it. .... Who
> knows? There's an awful lot of long shots involved here...

I figure earth-based microbes have as much chance of out-
competing Europa microbes asEuropa microbes have of
contaminating earth. They evolved there, they have home
field advantage. I doubt we pose a realistic risk. spike

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