Could there be microbes floating in Venus’ clouds? New research paper bolsters incredible possibility

When it comes to searching for evidence of life elsewhere in the Solar System, certain places will always make the top of the list, such as Mars, Europa, Enceladus and Titan. They are considered to be the planet and moons most likely to biologically active, …

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TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets may have a lot of water, and other new clues about potential habitability

I missed posting this before, but there are some very interesting updates about the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets (seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years away). There are two new science papers, which indicate that all seven could have water in some form, ranging …

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Curiosity rover finds seasonal clues about Martian methane and investigates unusual ‘stick’ formations

As we enter 2018, NASA’s Curiosity rover continues to be busy exploring on top of Vera Rubin Ridge, on the lower flanks of Mount Sharp. The rover is gradually making its way farther up the flanks, closing in the picturesque foothills in front of it. …

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Have alien microbes been found hitching a ride on the International Space Station?

When searching for extraterrestrial life, the focus tends to be, naturally, on worlds far away, such as Mars, Europa or distant exoplanets. But could there be evidence closer to home, even near Earth itself? It’s a seemingly unlikely but not unheard of possibility. That said, …

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Getting closer to Earth 2.0: Astronomers discover 20 new potentially habitable exoplanets

Exoplanets, planets orbiting stars other than the Sun, are being discovered by the thousands now, and there are estimated to be billions of them in our galaxy alone. So far, they have ranged from worlds smaller than Earth, to “super-Earths” and “hot Jupiters” – a …

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