Europa is an ice-covered moon orbiting Jupiter that likely an ocean underneath. Perhaps that ocean contains life. Perhaps it doesn't. But we're not going to know for sure until we send a probe there to check things out.
Outer space might be the toughest environment for life, but some hardy microbes have been able to survive in it for surprising amounts of time.
NASA on Tuesday selected nine science instruments it believes will best address the burning question about whether Jupiter’s ocean-bearing moon Europa has indications of life.
What has Antarctica and Mars got in common? Mineral deposits from a briny subsurface aquifer suggest bacteria are hiding under the barren Antarctic landscape -- can the same be said for the red planet?
By studying ancient molecular clouds in our galaxy, astronomers have revealed that the universe's reservoir of water likely appeared much earlier than thought -- only a billion years after the Big Bang.
Saturn's icy moon Enceladus is showing definite signs of hydrothermal activity -- similar activity that is found along deep sea vents on Earth where water is heated and minerals are formed.
As NASA applauds its boosted budget request, scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are excited to see a robotic mission to Europa take a big step towards being launched in the mid-2020s.
One of the least likely places you might think astronomers would learn about ancient supernovae is at the bottom of the ocean but scientists have done just that -- also dredging up a mystery. Continue reading →
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