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

Date: Wed Mar 14 2001 - 11:04:46 MST

In a message dated 3/14/01 5:10:38 AM, writes:

>True, however, any organisms there would necessarily be extremophiles:
>existing in conditions considered on the margin of or completely
>inhospitable to the overwhelming majority of terran biota

So it's OK to risk wiping out innumerable species with all kinds of
on biochemistry, Europan history, and who knows what else, just because
some will survive? We're talking about, possibly, the only other occurance
of life we'll ever be able to study. It could be an irreplaceable heirloom;
I can see no logical way to treat it other than with kid gloves.

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