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Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search for Alien Life

Mission to Europa

This artist's illustration depicts a life-seeking lander concept for a potential future mission to Jupiter's moon Europa.

Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech

It's not something NASA likes to advertise, but ever since its creation in 1958, the space agency has only conducted one direct, focused hunt for extraterrestrial life—and that was more than 40 years ago.

From Scientific American
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