What'sNEW: Life on Europa, Other Moons, Other Planets?
Richard A. Kerr, "More Support for an Ocean in Enceladus" [abstract], doi:10.1126/science.340.6129.139-a, p139 v340 Science, 12 Apr 2013.
And Earth-analogs for those environments
8 Mar 2013 Antarctic Lake Vostok yields 'new bacterial life'
Discovery of large conical stromatolites in Lake Untersee, Antarctica by Dale Andersen, SETI Institute, 6 Feb 2013.
29 Jan 2013: A drill team in Antarctica has reached Lake Whillans. Updated 6 Feb 2013.
Search for Life Suggests Solar Systems More Habitable than Ours, The Ohio State University (also Newswise), 3 Dec 2012.
27 Nov 2012: Life does fine in sub-zero brine locked under ice for millenia.
Asteroid Belts of Just the Right Size are Friendly to Life, Hubble Science, NASA, 1 Nov 2012.
30 Jun 2012: Titan has a liquid ocean 100 kilometers below its surface.
Lars A. Buchhave et al., "An abundance of small exoplanets around stars with a wide range of metallicities" [html], doi:10.1038/nature11121, Nature, online 13 Jun 2012.
28 Mar 2012: ...About 40% of all red dwarf stars have a super-Earth orbiting in the habitable zone where liquid water can exist on the surface of the planet.
9 Feb 2012: A Russian team drilling in Antarctica reached the water of Lake Vostok at a depth of 12,366 feet....
20 Jan 2012: Recent gravitational microlensing observations predict a vast population of free-floating giant planets that outnumbers main sequence stars almost twofold.
Three tiny exoplanets suggest Solar System not so special, doi:10.1038/nature.2012.9786, by Ron Cowen, Nature, 11 Jan 2012.
12 Jan 2012: We conclude that stars are orbited by planets as a rule, rather than the exception.
B. E. Schmidt et al., "Active formation of 'chaos terrain' over shallow subsurface water on Europa" [html], doi:10.1038/nature10608, Nature, online 16 Nov 2011.
4 Oct 2011: Snow has been falling on Enceladus for up to 100 million years.
Earth-like planets pile up by Geoff Brumfiel, Nature.com, 19 Aug 2011.
The Times and the Starship by Paul Gilster, Centauri Dreams, 19 Aug 2011.
P. Hartogh et al., "Direct detection of the Enceladus water torus with Herschel" [abstract], doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201117377, pL2 v532, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 14 Jul 2011.
23 Jun 2011: Enceladus's plumes come from a salty ocean beneath its surface.
Does Life Exist on Distant Moons? by Bruce Dorminey, ScienceNow, 22 Jun 2011.
12 Jun 2011: If we find life with DNA that matches ours.... — Chris McKay
Dwarf planet Haumea shines with crystalline ice, EurekAlert, 12 May 2011.
Outcast Planets Could Support Life by Jon Cartwright, ScienceNow, 11 Feb 2011.
...The First Carbon Planet? by Ken Croswell, ScienceNow, 8 Dec 2010.
Alien Planet May Have Come From Another Galaxy by Kristen Minogue, ScienceNow, 18 Nov 2010.
Richard A. Kerr, "How Wet the Moon? Just Damp Enough to Be Interesting" [summary], doi:10.1126/science.330.6003.434, p434 v330, Science, 22 Oct 2010.
30 Sep 2010: Chances for life on this planet are 100 percent.
18 Jul 2010: Life on other worlds is the subject of Stephen Hawking's imagination in a recent television program.
14 Jul 2010: The ESA space probe Rosetta flew past the Lutetia planetoid at around 6 p.m. CEST on Saturday.
Was Venus once a habitable planet?, European Space Agency, 24 Jun 2010.
7 Jun 2010: Signs of life on Titan?
10 May 2010: We Are Not Alone, a new book about astrobiology.
24 Apr 2010: ...We have to keep an open mind about where life might be found in the universe.
8 Apr 2010: Multicelled animals live and multiply without oxygen in the deep ocean.
25 Mar 2010: The closer we look, the more water and ice we discover beyond Earth.
Eric Hand, "Old rocks drown dry Moon theory" [html], doi:10.1038/464150a, p150-151 v 424, Nature, online 9 Mar 2010.
Cassini Finds Plethora of Plumes, Hotspots at Enceladus by Jia-Rui C. Cook, NASA JPL, 23 Feb 2010.
Saturn's moon Enceladus could contain life in its icy oceans, the Daily Mail (London), 9 Feb 2010.
Ken Jopp alerts us to an interesting conference, 15 Jan 2010.
22 Nov 2009: The deep sea is teeming with species that have never known sunlight, according to the Census of Marine Life.
Eric Hand, "Lunar impact tosses up water and stranger stuff" [html], doi:10.1038/news.2009.1087, Nature, online 13 Nov 2009.
Titan Shaping Up to Look a Lot Like Pre-Life Earth, Universe Today, 6 Aug 2009.
J. H. Waite Jr et al., "Liquid water on Enceladus from observations of ammonia and 40Ar in the plume" [abstract], doi:10.1038/nature08153, p 487-490 v 460, Nature, 23 Jul 2009.
How [Enceladus] got its stripes, The University of Melbourne, 15 Jul 2009.
Katharine Sanderson, "Sodium traces hint at subsurface ocean on Enceladus" [html], doi:10.1038/news.2009.596, Nature, online 24 Jun 2009.
John Spencer, "Planetary science: Enceladus with a grain of salt" [html], doi:10.1038/4591067a, p 1067-1068 v 459, Nature, 25 Jun 2009.
15 Jun 2009: A novel bacterium that has been trapped ...under glacial ice ...may hold clues as to what life forms might exist on other planets.
What Life Might Look Like on Jupiter's Europa: New Extreme Species Discovered, by Casey Kazan with Luke McKinney, The Daily Galaxy, 12 May 2009.
17 Apr 2009: Microbial life trapped in darkness under ice accounts for the "Blood Falls" at the snout of Taylor Glacier in Antarctica.
"Looking for worlds like this one" [html], doi:10.1038/458017a, p 17 v 458, Nature, online 3 Mar 2009.
10 Mar 2009: Earth seeded with life from Ceres?
The lower atmosphere of Pluto revealed, European Southern Observatory (ESO), 2 Mar 2009.
Andrew Lawler, "NASA, ESA Choose King of Planets for Flagship Missions in 2020" [summary], doi:10.1126/science.323.5918.1154, p 1154 v 323, Science, 27 Feb 2009.
"Europa next outer-planet mission" [html], doi:10.1038/4571070d, p 1070 v 457, Nature, 26 Feb 2009.
31 Jan 2009: Titan's atmospheric methane requires a source not visible on the surface.
Kevin P. Hand, "Is there life on Europa?" [html], doi:10.1038/457384a, p 384-385 v 457, Nature, 22 Jan 2009 — a review of Unmasking Europa: The Search for Life on Jupiter's Ocean Moon by Richard Greenberg, Praxis/Springer, 2008.
"...Titan is a slightly more appealing lunar target than Europa for the next outer-planets mission" [html], doi:10.1038/457358a, p 358 v 457, Nature, 22 Jan 2009.
10 Jan 2009: Methane has been detected in the plume of Enceladus and may be biological in origin.
Richard A. Kerr, "Europa vs. Titan" [html], doi:10.1126/science.322.5909.1780, p 1780-1781 v 322, Science, 19 Dec 2008. "...A unique, two-stage selection process for the next major mission to the outer planets...."
Robert H. Tyler, "Strong ocean tidal flow and heating on moons of the outer planets" [abstract], doi:10.1038/nature07571, p 770-772 v 456, Nature, 11 Dec 2008. "...Strong support for the idea that there are liquid oceans on several moons of the outer planets...."
Looking for Extraterrestrial Life in All the Right Places, Ohio State University, 15 Dec 2008.
Where did Venusís water go?, European Space Agency, 18 Dec 2008.
9 Dec 2008: Organic compounds can also be a by-product of life processes....
Carbon dioxide discovered on distant planet, by Katharine Sanderson, doi:10.1038/news.2008.1248, Nature.com, 21 Nov 2008.
Cracking the Question of Extraterrestrial Life, The University of Idaho, 6 Aug 2008.
4 Jun 2008: Prokaryotic life in Earthís deep dark ocean....
Jupiter's Europa - Will It Provide the 1st Proof of Extraterrestrial Life?, The Daily Galaxy, 29 Apr 2008.
Plan to identify watery Earth-like planets develops, EurekAlert!, 24 Apr 2008.
"Tasting a geyser" [html], doi:10.1038/452516b, p 516 v 452, Nature, 3 Apr 2008. "The geyser of ice and water vapor erupting from the south pole of Enceladus,...contains complex organic molecules, NASA scientists have discovered."
27 Mar 2008: Could microbial life exist inside Enceladus...? The answer appears to be, yes....
22 Mar 2008: Methane and water, but no carbon monoxide, can be seen in the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet 63 lightyears away.
21 Mar 2008: Could an ocean on Titan contain life?
Eric Hand, "Probe readies for dip into geyser on Enceladus" [text], doi:10.1038/452139a, p 139 v 452, Nature, online 11 Mar 2008.
Case builds for water on Saturn moon, SaturnDaily, 6 Feb 2008.
14 Jan 2008: Extrasolar planets are the subject of a recent interview with Dimitar Sasselov.
30 May 2007: Superficially unrelated articles in Nature caught our attention.
Sushil K. Atreya, "The Mystery of Methane on Mars and Titan" [link], Scientific American, May 2007.
Antarctic Lake Robot Probe Sets Sights on Outer Space, University of Illinois at Chicago, 19 Apr 2007.
John Spencer and David Grinspoon, "...Inside Enceladus" [text], 10.1038/445376b, p 376-377 v 445, Nature, 25 Jan 2007.
2 Feb 2007: Radar reveals methane lakes on Titan.
Joanne Baker, "The Falcon Has Landed" (Introduction to Special Issue on the Japanese Hayabusa mission) [summary], 10.1126/science.312.5778.1327, p 1327 v 312, Science, 2 Jun 2006.
Hitting Europa Hard, Astrobiology Magazine, 1 May 2006.
9 Apr 2006: Microbes produced methane on Earth 3.5 billion years ago.
13 Mar 2006: Wet Enceladus is featured in a special issue of Science.
Richard A. Kerr, "How Saturn's Icy Moons Get a (Geologic) Life," p 29 v 311, Science, 6 Jan 2006.
G. Israël et al., "Complex organic matter in Titan's atmospheric aerosols from in situ pyrolysis and analysis" [abstract], doi:10.1038/nature04349, p 796-799 v 438, Nature, 8 Dec 2005.
Mark Peplow, "Titan: tapping the flood of data," p 538-539 v 438, Nature, 1 Dec 2005.
NASA's Cassini images reveal spectacular evidence of an active moon, EurekAlert!, 6 Dec 2005. I think what we're seeing are ice particles in jets of water vapor that emanate from pressurized vents.... That implies surprisingly warm temperatures for a cold body like Enceladus — Dr. Andrew Ingersoll, Caltech.
Titan: Passport to the Early Earth? by Leslie Mullen, Astrobiology Magazine, 1 Dec 2005. "If there is life on Saturn's moon Titan, it's not producing all that methane in the atmosphere."
4 Nov 2005: Hyperion's craters look like vents to us.
18 Oct 2005: Dione, another icy moon of Saturn, as Cassini approached it on October 11.
12 Oct 2005: Tethys was photographed by Cassini last month from closer than ever before.
The Living Worlds Hypothesis about possible life on Titan: Leslie Mullen interviews David Grinspoon, Astrobiology Magazine, 22 Sep 2005.
15 Sep 2005: Deep frozen water probably lies just below the crust of Ceres.
Tiny Enceladus May Hold Ingredients of Life, by Lori Stiles, University of Arizona, 2 Sep 2005.
The Lure of Jupiter's Moon Europa, by Ron Greeley, Astrobiology Magazine, 1 Sep 2005. Also at RedNova.com with more pictures, 2 Sep 2005.
Cassini findings suggest complex story of venting at the south pole of Enceladus, EurekAlert!, 30 Aug 2005.
Cassini Finds an Active, Watery World at Saturn's Enceladus, News Release 2005-124, NASA/JPL, 29 Jul 2005.
Titan's Icy Volcanoes Erupting Methane?, by Leslie Mullen, Astrobiology Magazine, 8 Jun 2005.
...Pluto Kin Is a Member of Saturn Family, by Carolina Martinez, NASA, JPL, 6 May 2005.
26 Apr 2005: Organics in Titan's high atmosphere were seen by instruments aboard Cassini.
20 Apr 2005: The only thing we know of that creates mixtures like that is biology — David Grinspoon, re: Titan.
Watery atmosphere discovered on Saturn's moon Enceladus, by Maggie McKee, NewScientist.com, 17 Mar 2005.
23 Jan 2005: Huygens landed on Titan on 14 January.
Agenor Linea, a feature on Europa, Astronomy Picture of the Day, 18 Dec 2004.
Crystalline water ice on the Kuiper belt object (50000) Quaoar, by David C. Jewitt and Ann Luu, p 731-733 v 432 Nature, 9 Dec 2004.
Saturn's Moon Dione from Cassini: "...Dione is made of mostly water ice," Astronomy Picture of the Day, 1 Dec 2004.
RADAR Surprises from Titan, Astrobiology Magazine, 17 Nov 2004.
Dark Echoes from Titan, Astrobiology Magazine, 2 Nov 2004.
28 Oct 2004: Cassini flew by Titan.
Phoebe: Comet Moon of Saturn, Astronomy Picture of the Day, 30 Jun 2004.
Warren E. Leary, "Craft Confirms a Comet Link for Peculiar Moon of Saturn" (Phoebe) [text], The New York Times, 24 June 2004.
Molecular rings could shelter Venus bugs, New Scientist, 28 Apr 2004.
ESA's 'shipping forecast' - from Titan!, European Space Agency, 2 Apr 2004.
...Io ...What Earth May Have Looked Like, State University of New York, Buffalo, 19 Mar 2004.
Is Europa Corrosive?, Astrobiology Magazine, 19 Feb 2004.
E. M. Drobyshevski, "Galilean Satellites as Sites for Incipient Life, and the Earth as its Shelter" [abstract | pdf: 19 pages], lanl.arXiv.org, 22 Dec 2003.
Smog Warning, Titan, by Emma Bakes, SETI Institute, Astrobiology Magazine, 27 Oct 2003.
Donald B. Campbell et al., "Radar Evidence for Liquid Surfaces on Titan" [abstract], p 431-434 v 302 Science, 17 Oct 2003.
Radar reveals Titan's methane lakes, by Stuart Clark, NewScientist.com, 2 Oct 2003.
High Tide on Europa, by Cynthia Phillips and Diane Richards, Astrobiology Magazine, 23 Sep 2003.
2003, September 15: Galileo will crash into Jupiter [to avoid contaminating Europa].
2003, September 8: Oceans and pleasant temperatures may have persisted on Venus for two billion years.
Jupiter's moons' true colors, Lunar and Planetery Laboratory, University of Arizona [n.d.]
New Study Of Jupiter's Moon Europa May Explain Mysterious Ice Domes, Places To Search For Evidence Of Life, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2 Sep 2003.
2003, August 26: Earth's water came from comets?
Hydrothermal vent systems could have persisted millions of years... by Sandra Hines et al., University of Washington, 24 July 2003. "If hydrothermal venting can occur without volcanism, ...explorers may have more places than previously thought to look for microbial life in the universe."
Rock, Scissors, Paper and Water European Space Agency, 13 July 2003. "...A new class of planets that could be awaiting discovery: 'waterworlds'."
Searching for the 'real' waterworld European Space Agency, 9 July 2003. "Science fiction writers and movie-makers have imagined a world completely covered by an ocean, but what if one really existed? Would such a world support life, and what would this life be like?"
Europa, by Ralph Greenberg, Professor of Mathematics, University of Washington [n.d.]. "...An article surveying the history of the exciting ideas that Jupiter's moon Europa might have an ocean of liquid water under a crust of ice and that life might possibly evolve in such an environment. The Commentary will describe the situation as it seems today."
Europa Diary 1: Landing on Alien Terrain — "...Studying the unique terrain at the edge of the Arctic Ocean, they foreshadow future expeditions to search for life on Europa." by David Grinspoon, Astrobiology Magazine, 12 May 2003.
2003, May 8: More about the Huygens Probe, Europe's mission to Titan....
Caitlin A. Griffith et al., "Evidence for the Exposure of Water Ice on Titan's Surface" [abstract], p 628-630 v 300 Science, 25 Apr 2003.
2003, April 2: Is Titan's methane biological? ESA to investigate.
Mighty Aphrodite — speculations about life on Venus by David Grinspoon, Astrobiology Magazine, 26 Mar 2003.
Life Zone on Venus Possible, by Leonard David, Space.com, 11 Feb 2003.
Geology of Europa: Evidence for Water?, by Cynthia Phillips, SETI Institute via Space.com, 23 Jan 2003.
Peter T. Doran et al., "Formation and character of an ancient 19-m ice cover and underlying trapped brine in an 'ice-sealed' east Antarctic lake" [abstract], p 26-31 v 100 n 1 Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 7 Jan 2003.
2003, January 2: Microorganisms in Europa's ice?
Europa: Chewy or Crunchy?, by Lee Siegel, Astrobiology Magazine, 23 Dec 2002.
Methane Clouds Discovered at the South Pole of Titan, W.M. Keck Observatory, 18 Dec 2002.
Titan: Exploring the origins of life, by Michelle Thaller, Christian Science Monitor, 12 Dec 2002.
Featherweight Jupiter Moon is Likely a Jumble of Pieces, jpl.nasa.gov, 9 Dec 2002.
Bands on Europa — detailed maps of five distinct bands, by Linda M.V. Martel, Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, 25 Nov 2002.
2002, October 30: Europa acts like a planetary lava lamp.
2002, October 27: Ice on Europa — thick or thin?
2002, October 3: The chance for life in ice-covered oceans on distant moons is reconsidered.
2002, September 25: Bacteria in atmosphere of Venus?
ESA to search for life, but not as we know it — more about Cassini mission to Titan, ESA, 19 Sep 2002.
No rest on the way to the most mysterious of Saturn's moons re: Cassini mission to Titan, ESA, 28 Aug 2002.
2002, August 24: Titan has long puzzled scientists....
Europan Pizza: Thin Crust or Thick Crust? Lunar and Planetary Institute [n.d.]
All The Right Stuff To Be Life re: Elisabetta Pierazzo and Christopher Chyba, SpaceDaily.com, 23 May 2002.
2002, Feb 7: Life on Europa would benefit from tides.
Scientists Apply Earth's Hydrothermal Plume Dynamics To Europa, SpaceDaily.com, 21 Jan 2002.
Ice Explorer Conceived for Other Worlds Gets Arctic Test, NASA JPL Newsrelease, 10 Jan 2002.
2001, December 7: Do bacteria give Europa its color?
Europa's Ice Crust Is Deeper Than 3 Kilometers, UA Scientists Find, by Lori Stiles, The University of Arizona, 8 Nov 2001. Several large impact craters have central peaks [images], which they would not if it were less. Thanks, Ron Baalke.
Listening for an Ocean [on Europa], Office of Naval Research, September 2001.
Callisto's watery secret, by Erica Klarreich, Nature Science Update, 26 July 2001.
Europa: Chewy or Crunchy?, by Lee Siegel, NASA's Astrobiology Institute, 22 June 2001.
2001, June 15: Nutrients available to support life on Europa.
MIT researchers seek ocean on Jupiter's moon through its sounds, MIT News, 4 June 2001.
Thomas B. McCord et al., "Hydrated Salt Minerals on Ganymede's Surface: Evidence of an Ocean Below" [abstract], p 1523-1525 v 292 Science, 25 May 2001.
Ices, rock, organic material - what is Titan really made of? European Space Agency, 15 May 2001.
Redefining "Life as We Know it", by David Pacchioli, SpaceRef.com, 4 May 2001. Worms living on methane ice half a mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico.
An Ocean in Space, by David Pacchioli, SpaceRef.com, 15 April 2001.
Focus on Europa, by Henry Bortman, NASA's Astrobiology Institute, publicized 13 April 2001.
Out in the Cold: Ambitious plans to penetrate icebound Lake Vostok have slowed to a crawl, by W. Wayt Gibbs, Scientific American, March 2001.
Ganymedeís Liquid Past, NASA's Astrobiology Institute, 9 March 2001.
Scientists find evidence for wet, slushy Ganymede, Jupiter's largest moon, by Tony Fitzpatrick, EurekAlert, 28 February 2001.
2000, December 17: Ganymede appears to have an ocean miles below its surface.
Europa's lifelines, by Jeff Hecht, New Scientist, 04 November 2000.
2000, August 25: Ocean on Europa looks even more likely.
New revelations, riddles about solar system's most intriguing satellites, by Richard Stenger, CNN.com, 23 August 2000.
Scientists Discover Tidal Squeezing On Europa, by Maia Weinstock, Space.com (cookies!), 10 August 2000.
Oily ocean found on distant moon (Titan), by David Whitehouse, BBC News Online, 30 July 1999.
New Outer Satellite of Jupiter Discovered, from the Minor Planet Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Spacewatch Project of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona, 20 July 2000.
2000, July 3: Future missions to Europa should be sterilized.
2000, March 22: Life on Europa gets a favorable assessment...
2000, February 18: If life can exist in the ice above Lake Vostok...
2000, January 27: A radiation-driven ecosystem on Europa?
How life may live on Europa, by David Whitehouse, BBC News Online, 26 January 2000.
2000, January 11: More evidence for Europa's ocean.
1999, December 16: AGU says Europa looks good for life.
Europa Web Sites from Icepick, the Europa Ocean Explorer.
1999, December 3: Snowball Earth
1999, November 5: What Does It Take for a Moon to Support Life?
Scientists pin hopes on prospects for life on Europa, CNN.com, 14 October 1999.
1999, September 30: Sulfuric acid on Europa's surface.
Hidden Antarctic lake links to alien life, BBCNews, 27 September 1999.
1999, September 17: Europa's Ocean
Life in the Solar System, by Julian Hiscox in Science Spectra, 1999.
1999, September 10: More about water on Europa
Galileo buzzes Europa, by Tony Philips in Space Science News from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, 2 February 1999.
Europa Orbiter to look for signs of life, by David Watanabe, exosci.com, 31 January 1999.
The frosty plains of Europa: "As Galileo returns new images of Europa, NASA scientists prepare to study samples from a potentially similar environment here on Earth" by Dr. Tony Phillips and JPL press releases. Space Scienc News from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Dec. 3, 1998.
Scars on an icy moon by David Whitehouse, BBC News Online, December 3, 1998.
1998, October 22: Callisto, another of Jupiter's moons, may have an underground liquid ocean...
The search for life gets a new boost By Paul Recer, Associated Press via MSNBC.com, 14 October 1998.
Galileo takes a close look at icy Europa in Space Science News from NASA, 2 October 1998.
MSNBC - Salty traces hint at Europa's ocean Reuters, May 21, 1998.
1998, April 7: Water vapour on Titan discovered by the Infrared Space Observatory.
Clues to possible life on Europa may lie buried in Antarctic ice by Dave Dooling, Space Science News from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, 5 March, 1998.
1998, March 2: New images of Jupiter's moon Europa were unveiled.
1997, December 16: NASA's Galileo spacecraft today made its closest-ever flyby of Europa.