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Life, Unbounded

Life, Unbounded

Discussion and news about planets, exoplanets, and astrobiology

Philae's Real-Time Descent and Enceladus's Global Ocean [Video]

This week brings a video reconstructed from images of the Philae lander's approach to a comet, and a major new analysis of data from the Cassini mission that bolsters the case for a global, not just local, ocean beneath the icy crust of Enceladus...

September 16, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

A New Billion-Mile Journey for New Horizons

NASA's New Horizons team decide on their next target, a classical Kuiper Belt object that can be reached by January 2019, but the agency must still approve funds for this extended science mission...

August 31, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

A New Era for Origins of Life Science?

A new effort to bring global cohesion to origins of life science launches, and with it a fresh look at how to crack one of the greatest existential questions.

August 7, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Would You Bet Your Species on "Earth-Like"?

The announcement of a newly confirmed exoplanet in Kepler data within its star's "habitable zone" is great news, but also reinforces some misconceptions about what an Earth-like world means...

July 24, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Pluto's Barnacled Beauty

Early images from New Horizons' encounter with Pluto reveal an extraordinary surface of strange mountains and varying deposits of light and dark material

July 22, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

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