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Are there enough chemicals on icy worlds to support life?

For decades, scientists have believed that there could be life beneath the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Since that time, multiple lines of evidence have emerged that suggest that it is not alone. Indeed, within the ...

NASA dives deep into the search for life

Off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island and more than 3,000 feet beneath the ocean surface lie the warm, bubbling springs of a volcano—a deep-sea location that may hold lessons for the search for extraterrestrial life.

Humans will actually react pretty well to news of alien life

As humans reach out technologically to see if there are other life forms in the universe, one important question needs to be answered: When we make contact, how are we going to handle it? Will we feel threatened and react ...

An orbital dance may help preserve oceans on icy worlds

Heat generated by the gravitational pull of moons formed from massive collisions could extend the lifetimes of liquid water oceans beneath the surface of large icy worlds in our outer solar system, according to new NASA research. ...

'Star Trek' actor Shatner sends message to Voyager

NASA announced the winner Tuesday of a contest to send a message to the Voyager spacecraft which launched 40 years ago on a historic mission to explore the outer planets.

Will sending selfies to Jupiter moon get the attention of an E.T.?

Emcee Tom O'Key seemed giddy as dozens of guests filed into an outdoor theater in this Mojave Desert town on a recent Saturday night to learn about an icy moon of Jupiter and take a stab at connecting with whatever - or whomever ...

What can we learn from dinosaur proteins?

DNA might get all the attention, but proteins do the work. The recent confirmation that it is possible to extract proteins—which are encoded by DNA and perform all of the functions that keep living cells alive—from 80-million-year-old ...

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