Wednesday, September 13, 2006
A comprehensive review by leading scientists about our solar system which speculates on the possibility of life on other planets has been published.
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]
Full UK title: "Solar System Update: Topical and Timely Reviews in Solar System Sciences"
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