Pluto’s Icy Moon Charon and the Hunt for Hidden Oceans

In Greek mythology, Charon is the ferryman of Hades, the one soul tasked with transporting the recently departed over the river Styx and into the underworld. Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that scientists now believe Pluto’s largest moon, named Charon, may have once held an underground ocean beneath its frozen surface.

Europa Report: Maybe We Should’ve Just Sent Another Robot

An optimistic crew of space explorers? The watery depths of Europa’s sub-surface ocean? Sharlto Copley? What could possibly go wrong? The above trailer gives us our first real taste of Europa Report, an upcoming science fiction film that follows six astronauts on their journey to Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa. As you would expect, things go …

Antarctica

Russian Scientists Retrieve Sample From Lake Vostok

Last year, Russian scientists successfully drilled into Lake Vostok in Antarctica, a subglacial lake that has been sealed away for 20 million years. Given that it’s been hidden for so long, separated from the rest of the world, many believe it may hold unique microbial life. If it does, this will vastly increase the probability …

Finding Extraterrestrial Life With Europa Ventures LLC

“For decades, scientists have theorized the existence of liquid water oceans on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. We’ve recently discovered new, captivating evidence that these sub-surface oceans do exist and could support life. We’ve sent six astronauts from space programs throughout the world on a three year journey to Europa to explore its oceans and confirm these …

Buried In Ice For 2800 Years, Life Finds A Way

Scientists researching the frozen Lake Vida in East Antarctica have discovered living microbes, sealed away beneath the ice for 2800 years. They retrieved the bacteria by drilling some 27 meters into the ice, where it flourished in salty, unfrozen water. [quote]“[The bacteria] probably survive by metabolising the abundant quantities of hydrogen and oxides of nitrogen …