Looking for life on other planets is highly political, often times stories are hyped up to justify grant money for their research. Take this story on physorg which is one of the most bizarre studies that I have read which goes way beyond the realm of science…
“Computer models suggest Io formed in a region around Jupiter where water ice was plentiful. Io’s heat, combined with the resulting possibility of liquid water, could have made life plausible.”
This is by far a poor candidate for supposed life, firstly of of all, the surface has it’s extremes, part of it is sulfur dioxide snowfields at -130°F while other parts is a scalding hot lava lake at 1649°C. On top of that, it’s exposed to Jupiter’s deadly radiation! While scientists have rejected the idea of life on Io, astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch at Washington State University speculates from a computer model that there could be life there in the distant past.
Here we go, water=life equation is used so it’s assumed life had evolved even though there is absolutely no plausible observation nor explanation from research or nature that demonstrates on how life supposedly evolved from dead chemicals. The presence of water doesn’t prove anything on how life could emerge from it! So how can they justify looking for life elsewhere when they have no clue on how it began on earth?
Astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch suggests we spend money on a mission to look for life on Io. Here we go trying to justify grant money for a mission that is not based on science rather based on a far-fetched story telling from a computer model. Many bodies have water and ice. Some of which is found deep below the surface. The sun is another example which has protons and electrons that are supposed building blocks for life, do we start looking underneath the sun’s surface for life with a probe because it was once cooler in the distant past?
Can scientists create an ever growing realm of complex speculation that continues endlessly and mindlessly while spending billions of dollars in the process? Now planetary and moon exploration is certainly a fascinating science, one of which we continue to learn from the real-time data but it certainly should not be used for an evolutionary story.