ocean worlds

A Swarm of Swimming Robots to Search for Life Under the Ice on Europa

When Galileo pointed his telescope at Jupiter 400 years ago, he saw three blobs of light around the giant planet,…

3 months ago

Micrometeorites Churn up the Surface of Europa. If you Want to Find Life, You’ll Need to dig Down a Meter or So

According to new research, impact craters caused by micrometeorites are the best place to look for evidence that life exists…

1 year ago

There Might be Volcanoes at the Bottom of Europa’s sub-ice Oceans

In about three years, NASA plans to launch a robotic orbiter that will study Jupiter's mysterious moon Europa. It's called…

1 year ago

How Salty is Enceladus’ Ocean Under the ice?

An icy satellite of Saturn, Enceladus, has been a subject of increasing interest in recent years since Cassini captured jets…

1 year ago

The Same Technology Could Search for Microbes in Mars Rocks or Under the ice on Europa

NASA's SHERLOC and WATSON, two spectrometers designed to look for biosignatures, could answer if there's life on Mars on inside…

1 year ago

Beyond “Fermi’s Paradox” XIII: What is the “Ocean Worlds” Hypothesis?

Could it be that we haven't heard from any aliens because theyre mainly space whales living live inside icy bodies…

2 years ago

Planets With Large Oceans are Probably Common in the Milky Way

A new study by a team of NASA scientists indicates that "ocean worlds," like those in our Solar System, could…

2 years ago

An Insulating Layer of Gas Could Keep a Liquid Ocean Inside Pluto

A new study led by Japanese researchers indicates that Pluto could have a subsurface ocean, provided there is an "insulating…

3 years ago

NASA Wants to Send a Low-Cost Mission to Explore Neptune’s Moon Triton

A team of researchers from NASA and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) recently proposed a low-cost mission to explore…

3 years ago

Are There Enough Chemicals on Icy Worlds to Support Life?

A new study by researchers from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics indicates that the chemicals necessary for life as…

4 years ago