I guess the truth is out there, it’s just buried under thick layers of ice.
According to planetary scientist Alan Stern from the Southwest Research Institute, our contact with alien civilizations has proven to be ‘impossible’ due to the fact that ‘aliens’ are probably buried under the ice.
So, when you ask why we haven’t come across aliens yet—despite the fact we have really fancy technologies at our disposal—blame it on Icy worlds.
As noted by experts, most extraterrestrial organisms are likely to be buried deep within their home planets, in massive oceans which are covered by gigantic layers of ice.
Scientists believe that this explanation answers why we have not found signals from other technologically advanced civilizations, an enigma referred to as the Fermi Paradox.
However, thanks to technological advancements and the rapid exploration of our solar system, we have found that ocean worlds are common in our solar system, as we have encountered such environments on several Jovian moons and even distant Pluto.
These ocean ‘worlds’ have water ice which is a major component of their crust. It forms towering mountains and cracked canyons on their alien surfaces but beneath these thick layers of ice, there is liquid water at lower depths.
In addition to liquid water, another very important component are hydrothermal vents, which could ‘pump’ nutrients into their ecosystems, much like what we see at the depths of Earth’s oceans.
These valuable ecosystems are shielded from space thanks to the massive layer of ice, and as some scientists note, they may even be more productive than our own exposed environment on Earth.
However, experts note that if these primitive organisms evolve into intelligent creatures, they would not know the night sky as humans, since luckily for us, there isn’t a massive layer of ice above our heads.
As Stern noted: Owing to the depth of typical Type II oceans and the overlaying thermal insulation provided by the planetary lid atop these oceans, these environments are protected from numerous kinds of external risks to life, such as impacts, radiation, surface climate and obliquity cycles, poisonous atmospheres, and nearby deleterious astrophysical events such as novae and supernovae, hazards stellar flares, and even phenomena like the Faint Early Sun. “
“Interior WOWs are naturally cut off from communication by their interior nature below a thick roof of ice or rock and ice, therefore do not easily reveal themselves. In this talk, I will examine this new idea in more detail,” concluded Stern.