Does life exist on Pluto?

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People used to think it was just an icy lump of rock, but scientists have recently discovered an area on Pluto, probably the size of Texas, called Sputnik Planitia that could have a liquid ocean underneath it that is insulated even though everything else is completely frozen.

Astronomers think life is most likely in a not too cold but not too hot climate (the goldilocks zone). Now that we have found one ocean far away from the sun on Pluto, that means there could be many more goldilocks oceans in the universe than originally thought. This makes the idea of alien life more believable.

Sputnik Planitia is a white-coloured valley next to Pluto’s equator. It was discovered in 2015 when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past it and took some close-up pictures. The pictures showed that the ice covering Pluto got thinner in the interesting valley.

This is interesting because we used to think that Pluto was just a cold, dead rock. But now it looks like it might be hot enough to have water under the surface of the ice. That would be important because lots of things can possibly live in water. In fact, I saw on Blue Planet that life can live at the bottom of the Earth’s oceans, by hot water vents far away from light from the sun. This means that it is possible that life could live on Pluto.

I read about this on Forbes.com.

Do you think that alien life exists on Pluto?

Comments (23)

  • Hammond School logo active_poem | Hammond Junior School D
    22 Nov 2019

    i think that life dose exists on Pluto because no one has gone to Pluto and said there is not life

    1. Hammond School logo champion_hedgehog | Hammond Junior School B
      active_poem's comment 03 Dec 2019

      But no human has confirmed there is life have they

  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg talented_clementine | Portobello High School
    22 Nov 2019

    Even tho Pluto is a dwarf planet and most scientists think there could be life but these planets who are made out of gas and ice scientists think there is life on every planet but we all think it’s FALSE

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg focused_maths | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom
    22 Nov 2019

    In my opinaian I don’t think there is life on Pluto because scientist think Pluto a planet that got stuck in our solar system. Some people call Pluto the dwarf planet because i think it’s the smallest planet in our solar system.

  • Hammond School logo courageous_starfish | Hammond Junior School D
    22 Nov 2019

    Very intresting

  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg authentic_chocolate | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School B | United Kingdom
    22 Nov 2019

    no because there might not have oxigen also how are we suposed to breath and were are we going to get food from and also were are we going to sleep theres no were for all of us to sleep theres no beds no roof under our heads.✨😊

  • Hammond School logo tidy_saxophone | Hammond Junior School D
    22 Nov 2019

    Maybe because people from another planet or galaxy that could have explored there!🧐🤓

  • Preston Manor School enlightened_writer | Preston Manor School | United Kingdom
    23 Nov 2019

    That is a very interesting question. I think that since Pluto is the furthest and coldest planet, scientists feel that yheu

  • Preston Manor School enlightened_writer | Preston Manor School | United Kingdom
    23 Nov 2019

    That is a very interesting question. I think that since Pluto is the furthest and coldest planet, scientists feel that it won't be much use to them to find out more about it especially considering that it is extremely far and the smallest planet out there. I don't think that life exists on Pluto.

  • Hillyfield School logo triumphant_performance | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    23 Nov 2019

    I want to believe that there is life on Pluto :)

  • Millbank-logo-250x250.jpg miraculous_badger | Millbank Academy B
    23 Nov 2019

    I think there is no life on Pluto. Here are my reasons . First of all, Pluto is the furthest 'planet' from the sun so it would be impossible to live there as it's really cold and we might not survive! Also, people have not yet discovered water there so we would run out of drinks and food- we might die

  • determined_fish | Whyteleafe School B
    25 Nov 2019

    Pluto is bigger than you think if you think about it it you might think that it's small but actually it's quiet big compared to you. voyager.1 and voyager.2 have been in space for exactly 41 years and 11 months and they are no longer in are solar system the have got many photos of different planets including Pluto witch have been sent to NASA by a satellite witch is part of voyager and if you dont know what they are

  • determined_fish | Whyteleafe School B
    25 Nov 2019

    then your in luck because they are space probes witch were launched in 1977.

  • open_spring | Whyteleafe School B
    25 Nov 2019

    WOW! This information is very useful!
    Thanks,

    Open_Spring :)

  • Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
    25 Nov 2019

    Interesting thought.
    Alien life could live on Pluto as life forms can live deep underwater. However, any food or shelter could die because of lack of nutrients (over time, the plants will take all the nutrients and there will not be enough to replenish that), meaning the creatures have nothing to eat and die too. This dwarf planet could be habitable due to it’s water source, but anything that lives on land needs to drink. Having read your post and noticing that is says ‘everything else is completely frozen’ meaning that water cannot be accessible anywhere else. Also, your post reads ‘liquid ocean underneath it’ which means the water is not accessible from land. This means that life forms on land could die due to dehydration.

  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg tranquil_robin | Evelyn Street Primary School | United Kingdom
    26 Nov 2019

    Could there really be life on pluto? If there is should astronauts check it out?

  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg amiable_elephant | Evelyn Street Primary School A
    26 Nov 2019

    People used to think it was gust an icy lump of rock, but scientists have recently discovered an area on Pluto

  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg confident_keyboard | Evelyn Street Primary School | United Kingdom
    26 Nov 2019

    i do not think life lives on pluto because there is no water which means no living creature would suvive. ;0

  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    26 Nov 2019

    I think that life does exist on Pluto because life could have evolved to withstand the harsh conditions there. We think it would be impossible but that is only for us; some intelegent life could be made to live there. They might think the same with us: Earth life is impossible for them but not for us.

  • Lyons Hall Primary School generous_mandarin | Lyons Hall Primary School E
    26 Nov 2019

    Is there water and food on pluto?

  • Hammond School logo champion_hedgehog | Hammond Junior School B
    03 Dec 2019

    There probably is not life on Pluto


    that if there was life on Pluto it would have to be deep under the ocean were there is heat from the core. There would have to be food like some sort of food like other animals. The animal it self would only be seen through a microscope or even smaller but that is only if it early form of life. If there was life on land Pluto would have to be in the Goldilocks zone and we all know it's not. But well done on that

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