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The universe in 101 words: Should we look for life in the asteroid belt?

14 Mar 2017, 15:39 UTC
The universe in 101 words: Should we look for life in the asteroid belt?
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Look at where NASA sends its missions and one world stands out: Mars.Why? Mars may hold The Big Discovery - alien life (however humble). But what if Mars isn't, after all, the best place to look?The dwarf planet Ceres, in the asteroid belt, has had the ingredients of life - liquid water and carbon chemistry - near its surface geologically recently*. It's gravity is far lower than Mars, a major advantage if you want to collect samples from it, nor does it have MarsĀ“ deadly weather. Perhaps its time for a lander to Ceres...*So not at all recently, but not so mind buggeringly long ago as a lot of the things in the universe.

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