This interview, made the Russian astrophysicist Boris Rodionov, appeared in the newspaper "La Stampa" on 30 January 1998. The questions were posed by Giulietto Church. I wonder why not talk about it anymore. Enjoy the reading.

"When I showed those pictures to the engineers who build our oil and gas pipelines, and the reaction 'was unanimous: they are pipelines systems under a blanket of ice. I had not told them where they came from those photos. They thought they were from a satellite photo of Siberia, with a resolution of nine kilometers. " Boris Rodionov, professor of micro and cosmof√≠sica Mifi Institute (Engineering University Physics', Moscow), talks about his "discovery" with amusement. The photos are those of the American probe Galileo, which is still spinning around Jupiter, photographing each step of the giant moons of our solar system: Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto. And those that have attracted the attention of Rodionov, and not just his, showing the surface of Europa. "Strange, too strange not to suggest - the professor says -. Just examine with attention now to exclude that it is natural fissures, cracks of geological ". Rodionov thus refutes the thesis of many planetary scientists, who interpret these signs as fractures caused by tidal forces exerted by Jupiter from these fractures, according to the thesis that denies Rodionov, would exit liquid water, which then rapprenderebbe quickly. What other assumptions remain standing? "Only two - replica Rodionov - a tecnogenetica, the other biogenetic. The second I feel great, 'cause would result in an intricate network of pipes and' circulatory system of a living being. The first and 'to be verified, of course, but standing: the extraordinary means of communication (use approximate terms for me to understand) are the product of a civilization'. To come to a civilization 'much more' evolved our ". Europe and 'one of the moons of Jupiter. Its diameter and 'of roughly 3,000 kilometers, little more' smaller than our Moon, then. It has almost no atmosphere. Its surface and 'covered by a sheet of ice should be thick up to several hundreds of meters. And here begins the oddities noted by the Russian professor. The first and 'that the other three moons of Jupiter are riddled with craters, and as' our Moon, and indeed much more than 'because' the enormity 'of Jupiter and' which attracts a lot of junk planet, hundreds times more 'of the Moon and Earth combined. Europe, however, has just (in part covered by photographs of Galileo) three large and nine small craters. There is no 'explanation for this difference. Looking closer we see that the ice of Europa is not 'spotted everywhere from the shock of millions of meteorites, which undoubtedly affect the surface of the satellite as that of the other moons of Jupiter. There are areas where the ice appears smooth and shiny. As if they were carried out continuously, "repair work". The dense network of pipelines that emerges from the pictures, although covered by ice, and 'so regular, parallel interconnections with all the geometric, to exclude the case. It is - says Rodionov - pipes, or channels with a length of hundreds of kilometers, different profiles and diameters that can reach 200 meters, more 'plans. That do not cut with one another but bypass. Are tunnels, highways, housing, industrial plants? "We do not know, but then again - he says calmly Olympic Rodionov - that anyone who analyzes those photos will conclude 'that are artificial products." Only a civilization 'very old and evolved, much more' than ours, can 'afford to live in those conditions. The only possible, after all, 'cause only under a thick cover of ice you can' avoid the bombardment of meteorites and the equally deadly radioactivity of the powerful 'emanating from Jupiter. But those "repairs" would leave one to think that civilization 'and' still alive, and not 'extinct. So it is'? Rodionov not hesitate to say yes. I am that I hesitate to ask the next question: but then how come they never tried to go outside? After all, I think, we just had the technical means we went out into space, where conditions do not permit life. And we're always asking ourselves about life outside the Earth. Boris Rodionov stop disquisition: "The photos show that they come out, as you say. Those repairs are made with hot water, which exists in abundance in the bowels of the satellite. Secondly, as regards their curiosity '... perhaps we already know' enough ... ". Rodionov has the air of joking, believe in UFOs, obviously, but not 'the point. Here in Moscow, in his institution, on his hypothesis no one laughs or jokes. In the coming days, a special seminar will be 'dedicated to his analysis. Rodionov has also sent three folders of explanation to Edward Stone, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and received an interim reply: NASA is also analyzing the photos and find "interesting" hypothesis of Russian scientist. You can 'go beyond, on the basis of existing data? Rodionov has a plan. Try to establish a contact laser. They are already 'been developed different languages ​​IN THE EVENT' of a contact. We are in the solar system and, therefore, in very advantageous conditions. "But - he added the Russian professor - the contact could not be there anyway. Remember the ants. Then we can 'serve much Galileo. Who still has two years of life. There are more photos, at other times, from other angles. We can get the relief maps and compare any changes to the surface of shiny areas. That 'if there were other renovations in the meantime wound meteoric. In short, with appropriate adjustments of the scientific program of Galileo we could get a huge amount 'of information. For now we have photos of about half 'of Europe. We have a framework more 'precise for most of its surface. But, waiting for everything ', what they already' see and 'sufficient to conclude that up there' there 'intelligent life'.