15
Sep 2011

Pale Beige Dot

POSTED BY: ARIELANBAR
 


“Follow the water” has been the mantra in the search for habitable worlds for a long time. Searching for signs of ancient water was the primary goal of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission. Europa’s suspected subsurface ocean leads some to wonder if it could harbor microbial life. In searching for life beyond our Solar System, there is great interest in “ocean planets” that could have vast surface seas.

Now, researchers suggest that inhabited desert planets – like the fictional Arrakis from the novel Dune, or Tattooine from Star Wars – may be more common! Full disclosure: Coauthor Kevin Zahnle is an old friend, and one of my favorite astrobiologists.

0 Comments  
Share
 
 
arielanbar Posted by
arielanbar
read more
 
 
Pale Blue.blog
 
RSS Twitter Facebook
paleblue.you posts
Characterizing the “Missing Era” of Prebiotic Evolution
by Sara Imari Walker
Posted on: 13, Apr 2012
Water flows on the surface of Mars.
by Noah Hammond
Posted on: 11, Apr 2012
Found the Higgs… now find the aliens!
by Adi Chopra
Posted on: 4, Apr 2012
View more
post on paleblue.you
  • Astrobiology Magazine Top Story
    PaleBlue.you