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    NASA and the European Space Agency are sending a mission to study Jupiter and its moon Europa in 2020. There may be life in the moon´s ocean, but to find out a mission will have to be able to drill down through the overlying
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    High-impact lab experiments simulate whether the building blocks of life could have survived the rough arrival on Earth via meteorite impact.
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    When robotic spacecraft bring a sample of Mars back to Earth, scientists will need specially-designed facilities to study the samples and prevent them from escaping to the outside world.
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    A new study shows how rocky planets are formed from the manic swirl of gas and dust that surround a young star, and determines what chemical building blocks are used to construct the planets. Understanding the dynamics and chemistry that create planetary systems
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    New studies of mixotrophic algae have shown how such organisms could survive the darkened skies that follow a major asteroid impact. Such studies indicate how life manages to survive after a mass extinction event.
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    A transparent roundworm experiment reveals biological effects of microgravity and space radiation, and could provide clues on protecting the health of human astronauts.
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    Microbes that hitch a ride on a spacecraft might make it all the way to Mars, but a recent study finds they probably won´t survive for very long there.
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