Fertile Frontiers

Alien-life hunters focus on moons in outer solar system

By Nadia Drake, 11:15 AM September 22, 2011

The solar system’s spotted bully and its ringed sidekick are holding some tantalizing treasures in their gravitational clutches. Circling Jupiter and Saturn are more than a hundred moons, including some of the most promising hosts for extraterrestrial life in the solar system.

But not every one of these moons is an equal opportunity extraterrestrial petri dish. Scientists are now debating which might be best for a life-seeking mission. Their attention is focused on a frozen trio: Titan, Enc...

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