Wednesday, September 13, 2006

 

New Study Of Solar System Speculates About Life On Other Planets

Solar System Update Life Planets Mars Mercury Ganymede Callisto Europa (Evolution Research: John Latter / Jorolat)

A comprehensive review by leading scientists about our solar system which speculates on the possibility of life on other planets has been published.

Solar System Update (Amazon UK | US) brings together the work of 19 physicists, astronomers, and climatologists from Europe and the USA in 12 chapters on the sun, the main planets and comets.

The book, co-authored by Dr Philippe Blondel (homepage), of the University of Bath, highlights the many recent discoveries and in particular the amount of water, one of the essentials for life, found in the solar system.

Recent studies have revealed ice in craters on Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, and that liquid water may once have existed on the surface of Mars, and may still be there underground.

In addition, liquid water may exist on moons around Jupiter, in particular Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, underneath a surface of ice. [Evolution News]
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Full UK title: "Solar System Update: Topical and Timely Reviews in Solar System Sciences"

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