Scientists have revealed alien life on Jupiter could exist after finding all the ingredients for survival on one of the planet’s moons.
A vast ocean on Europa could contain millions of alien life forms swimming just below its surface, research claims.
The sea is covered by a thick layer of ice but extra terrestrials could be lurking beneath.
Dr Mohit Melwani Daswani, from NASA, said: “We believe this ocean could be quite habitable for life.”
A study by the space agency has revealed the sea would at one time have contained life-giving minerals like calcium and sulphate.
Dr Daswani explained: “Indeed it was thought this ocean could still be rather sulphuric.
“But our simulations –coupled with data from the Hubble Space Telescope showing chloride on Europa’s surface – suggests the water
most likely became chloride rich.
“In other words, its composition became more like oceans on Earth.”
And NASA could be on the verge of finding the Jupiter aliens as scientists are planning a mission to Europa in the next few years.
Space scientist Prof Monica Grady, from Liverpool Hope University, is convinced life prevails on Europa.
She said: “When it comes to the prospects of life beyond Earth, it’s almost a racing certainty there’s life beneath the ice on Europa.”
If teams from NASA do find strange creatures on the planet – it would prove the plot of 2013 sci-fi film Europa Report is spot-on.
In the film six astronauts embark on a privately-funded mission to find potential sources of life and stumble upon them living beneath the surface of the Jupiter moon.