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NASA plans search for alien life on Europa

Water reaching the surface of Europa. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

On Tuesday, March 4, NASA released an overview of its 2015 budget request, which includes funding for the formulation for a mission to Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Astrobiologists are excited about the potential habitability of Europa. Planetary scientist and astrobiologist Kevin ...

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Dwarf planet Ceres may be home to alien life

(Credit: IMCCE-Observatoire de Paris/CNRS/Y.Gominet, B. Carry)

Scientists have detected water on Ceres, a dwarf planet residing in our solar system’s asteroid belt. The Herschel Telescope detected water vapor spouting from Ceres. According to Michael Küppers of the European Space Agency, “This is the first clear-cut detection ...

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Interview with NASA astronaut on ‘Gravity’ and the dangers of spacewalking

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NASA astronaut Michael Massimino has logged over 30 hours of spacewalking during two missions on the space shuttle to service the Hubble Space Telescope. He has performed four spacewalks, the longest of which was around eight hours. I was lucky enough to get to talk to him about Gravity, a new movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney about two astronauts and a spacewalk gone badly

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