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Surprising Findings Beneath the Surface of Our Galaxy’s Water Worlds

29 Jun 2020, 12:13 UTC
Surprising Findings Beneath the Surface of Our Galaxy’s Water Worlds NASA/JPL-Caltech

A team of researchers simulated conditions on water-rich exoplanets in the laboratory and learned something surprising about their geological composition.

Out beyond our solar system, visible only as the smallest dot in space with even the most powerful telescopes, other worlds exist. Many of these worlds, astronomers have discovered, may be much larger than Earth and completely covered in water — basically ocean planets with no protruding land masses. What kind of life could develop on such a world? Could a habitat like this even support life?

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