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Could there be potential life at our nearest exoplanet, Proxima Centauri b?


yes! The answer is yes. life is complicate­d, but, at its simplest, the potential for life is synonymous with the potential for liquid water. Wherever there is life on Earth, there is water; wherever there is water on Earth, there is life. Water appears to be not only necessary for life, but a good indication of it as well.

The molecular structure of water gives it a positive side and a negative side.

This helps water dissolve chemicals, group similarly charged compounds and remain liquid through a wider range of temperatur­es. This, and other attributes, make water greatly conducive to both life and the organic reactions that govern it.

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