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Naica mine in Chihuahua, Mexico

IN DEEP  Samples from fluid pockets in crystals inside Mexico's Naica mine in Chihuahua revealed life-forms that may have been trapped in the minerals for up to 50,000 years.

icy surface of Europa

ONTO THE ICE  This image from the Galileo spacecraft shows the icy surface of Europa. The Jovian moon is a target for a potential lander mission that will look for signs of life there.

illustration of Juno spacecraft at Jupiter

The Juno spacecraft, shown in this artist’s illustration, will not maneuver into a shorter orbit around Jupiter due to an issue with helium valves that are part of the plumbing for the probe’s main engine.

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