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Is there life Elsewhere?

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However, if we turn the Sun down to normal, the surface would stay hot because of the greenhouse effects. Therefore, the surface temperature depends on the amount of light received, the amount absorbed, the reflectivity of the surface and the greenhouse gases that retain the water vapor from escaping the atmosphere. Possibility of life Prior to taken this class, I always assumed that the most likely place where life could exist was somewhere far away from us, since those are the most unknown to us. Actually, our neighboring planets have a better chance of sustaining life since their composition and environment is more similar to ours. I also found out that explorations have indeed gone to the outer planets. On Mars, scientists know there is some water in the polar ice caps. Where there is water, there could be life. However, the water is frozen. Nevertheless, if it were to be liquid it would quickly evaporate and diffuse into the atmosphere because its weak gravity. ...read more.


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