Check out ten images featured in “From Earth to the Universe,” one of several projects organized for the International Year of Astronomy. More than 40 countries have announced plans to participate. About 125 space images are available for display in airports, parks and other public places around the world. Some of the images here just might show up at an exhibit near you.
Scientists say Jupiter’s moon Europa rivals Mars as a potential refuge for life. Some of them are now urging NASA to explore the ice-covered satellite.
“It takes longer to get there [than to get to Mars], it’s more expensive, and a bigger deal to plan a mission. But if I had a choice, I’d go for Europa,” said Lynn Rothschild, an astrobiologist with the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.
Don’t don your swim trunks just yet, but deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheets are at least 145 lakes that may be teeming with microscopic organisms similar to those that could be thriving beneath the ice on Jupiter’s moon Europa, according to scientists.
The lakes lie beneath blankets of ice up to 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) thick and are considered one of the great unexplored frontiers on Earth.