Andrei Chesaraicu and Eva Vinatoru
School: Liceul Teoretic National
We believe that exploring new places in our universe is an important step for science. That’s why we decided to join this competition. We chose Oberon as our topic because it is part of a large number of astronomical objects unknown to mankind. That’s why there is a very good chance there might be life, a new earth, beneath its surface.
Think that a whole side of one of Uranus’ biggest satellite is unexplored. Imagine what scientists could find on the other side of Oberon.
We do not yet know for certain, but since the satellite is far away from the sun, the temperatures are very low, we can presume that the ice on the surface has a thickness of many kilometers. It could serve as a crust to what might be a rocky core, or else, a magnificent, gigantic ocean. Sending a probe to Oberon would surely answer some of our questions and daring suppositions, for example, the existence of numerous volcanoes underneath its tectonic plates.
Even though at the surface, Oberon is covered in ice, and the temperatures are extremely low, surely not suitable for the presence of life (due to its distance from the sun), beneath its surface the conditions might be entirely different. We believe that Oberon might share certain characteristics with Europa, such as the presence of hydrothermal vents and volcanoes. In such conditions, it is believed that life could be found. It might seem a wild thing to suppose, but, as we do not know yet, it is a theory and it would be worthy of deeper research.
It is the fact that we do not know for sure what is out there that makes it so intriguing. Deeper research into Oberon might be of great benefit and contribution to the world of science.