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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2024 4:45 p.m. PST

"Astrobiologists suspect there could be alien life just out of reach in our solar system, in oceans hidden beneath icy crusts on moons circling Jupiter and Saturn. But unlike the surface of Mars, which can be explored by rovers and landers, these mysterious oceans are currently inaccessible to us. In an effort to change that, researchers convened this year to design a novel mission that could finally reveal what's in those distant water worlds.

The proposed probe, called a cryobot, is a cylindrical robot that would be capable of heating up ice to drill through it, allowing the bot to access the liquid water ocean beneath. The workshop, held in February at the California Institute of Technology, brought together over 40 researchers to mature the technological concept…"


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Mark J Wilson Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2024 2:36 a.m. PST

Why is it 'alien life', it's just life; or are we getting the excuse for why we'll destroy it ready before we find it.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2024 3:36 p.m. PST

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