Europa Clipper: Searching for Life

The search for alien life continues- From Sci Tech Daily:

Some scientists believe Jupiter’s moon, Europa, has the potential for life. Hence, the NASA mission- Europa Clipper– is scheduled to launch on October 10, 2024, and will arrive in Jupiter’s orbit in the year 2030, where it will investigate its moon, Europa, in the hope of finding life at some point.

Europa, scientists say, has all the necessary ingredients for life (water, chemistry and energy), and it has a vast ocean lying beneath an icy shell where life could evolve.

I don’t believe in alien life, but I do value good science and respect the amount of hard work and effort put into this mission, and I’m looking forward to following it to the end and learning the results. My main concern is that the mission’s focus is more about evolutionary philosophy than science. If the mission were simply to investigate and report on Jupiter and its moons, we could learn a lot from that and gain valuable information about our solar system, but if the goal is to search for alien life in an effort to understand how life developed on earth, then it pushes evolutionary indoctrination and becomes a weapon to advance a secular worldview against a biblical worldview, in which God created life.

Nonetheless, one of the things I like about these kinds of missions is that, in their desire to find alien life, scientists are doing more to confirm the absence of it, thus refuting evolutionary theory. In other words, missions like Curiosity and Perseverance on Mars have gone a long way towards refuting the idea that there’s alien life on Mars, which secular scientists were hopeful for. There’s still a long way to go before NASA admits this, but that appears to be the direction it’s heading.

Consider this quote from Robert Pappalardo, a project scientist on the Europa Clipper Mission: “If there is life in Europa, it almost certainly was completely independent from the origin of life on earth… that would mean the origin of life must be pretty easy throughout the galaxy and beyond.”

This is the kind of evolutionary thinking that is at odds with God being the author and creator of life. While God could have created life elsewhere, I don’t believe there’s any good reason to think he did. But the intent of the mission, if they succeed in finding alien life, would be to conclude that life must not be very complex after all, so, if the right ingredients are there, it’s just a matter of time before life appears on its own, without the need for believing in any God or god(s). Thus, I would suggest that failure to find alien life would be evidence that life is too complex to have originated on its own by accident and must have had a creator, just as the Bible says.

However, even though many sources claim the Europa Clipper will search for alien life, other sources state that the Clipper isn’t a life-detection mission. This implies that, even if they don’t find life, then that’s because they weren’t really looking for it. Therefore, secular scientists can keep their hopes alive that life is still there, even though they couldn’t find it.

I would suggest that life is far more complex than many of these scientists realize, and I hope some of them would come to conclude that God is a perfectly valid explanation for the origin of life.

3 thoughts on “Europa Clipper: Searching for Life

  1. Whether life exists away from our planet is based on statistical inference for many scientifically interested souls. Based on numbers alone, our Solar System is apart of a Habitable Zone within our galaxy. We should judge ourselves not through arrogance but through humility. The Universe is vast and deserves exploration. If we find only microbial life on Europa, the implications for other life forms beyond our galaxy are extraordinary.

    • Thanks for visiting and your comment. I’ve heard of statistical inference against life forming, such as Fred Hoyle’s Boeing 747 in a junkyard analogy, as well as some others, but I’d be interested to hear what you have in mind. I’m familiar with the Habitable Zone, and from time-to-time scientists find a planet outside our solar system that may qualify, and I’m not apposed to exploration and discovery. On the contrary, as an avid sci-fi fan, I’m all for space exploration, I just don’t like the secular rationale and agenda behind it, which seems to be mostly anti-God. But you’re right- if we find microbial life on Europa (which is not native to earth), then the implications are extraordinary. But the converse it true- if we find no life at all, then that should be strong evidence against the existence of alien life, as well as strong evidence for a creator.

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