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So basically, I have to write a thesis paper because I'm in the last year of high school. It is an independent research project and the culminating work of my studies in school, so it represents my ability to conduct research and write effectively.

The requirement is that the paper needs to be connected to one of my elective classes. I chose cosmology, so any topic related to cosmology or physics. I've done some research lately and what I would like to write about is Jupiter's moon Europa. More specifically, the question I would like to investigate is "Can humans live on Europa in the future?".

To answer this question, I am going to compare the environment on Europa with that of the Earth. If there are a lot of similiarites, then I will conclude that it is possible to settle on Europa. However, I am worried that it will be virtually impossible to compare the environments simply because there are too many factors to consider. For example, weather conditions, water availability, radiation, pressure, temperature and so on.

So I would like some advice. Firstly, which environmental factors should I include in my paper?

And secondly, if my question "Can humans live on Europa in the future?" is a bit too difficult to answer, then are there any other Europa-related questions that I could investigate instead?

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  • $\begingroup$ Hello! This may be better suited to space exploration stack exchange. space.stackexchange.com $\endgroup$
    – PipperChip
    Commented Feb 21, 2023 at 17:43
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, I wasn't aware of that. $\endgroup$
    – Gabriel
    Commented Feb 21, 2023 at 17:45
  • $\begingroup$ No SE community will do your homework for you. $\endgroup$
    – L.Dutch
    Commented Feb 21, 2023 at 17:51
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not looking for someone to do the paper for me. I'm just asking for Europa-related questions to examine for my project $\endgroup$
    – Gabriel
    Commented Feb 21, 2023 at 17:54
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    $\begingroup$ "I am going to compare the environment on Europa with that of the Earth. If there are a lot of similiarites, then I will conclude that it is possible to settle on Europa" Oh dear, I get the impression you are considering the possibility of living mostly unprotected on the surface as we do on Earth, if that's so then you need to do some very basic research before going any further, like reading a book, or some Wikipedia articles. $\endgroup$
    – Pelinore
    Commented Feb 21, 2023 at 18:46

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