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Can Jupiter support life?

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Conditions of the planet Jupiter are not compatible with life as we know it. Winds on Jupiter range from 225 to 1000 mph, and temperatures are between 32 and -270 degrees Fahrenheit. Gravity and surface pressure on Jupiter are far greater than on Earth, and Jupiter's atmosphere is poisonous.

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In addition, the surface of Jupiter itself is not solid. It is composed mostly of hydrogen and helium. There is virtually no water on Jupiter, which is normally considered necessary for the development of life. Two of Jupiter's moons, Europa and Ganymede, might have oceans of liquid water in contact with a rocky seafloor, a condition that could conceivably allow the kind of chemical reactions that led to the development of life on Earth.

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