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SUMMERS: NASA’s Center For Life Detection Is On The Hunt For Life In The Universe

SUMMERS: NASA’s Center For Life Detection Is On The Hunt For Life In The Universe

Michael Summers | Professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy . Knowing if something is alive or not is easy. Right? Barking dogs and flying birds are alive. Rocks are not. Turtles and polar bears are alive. Water is not. And so on. The difficulty of knowing what is, and is not, alive comes about when […]

We’ve Found 3,989 Planets In Earth’s Neighborhood – And The Number Is Rising

We’ve Found 3,989 Planets In Earth’s Neighborhood – And The Number Is Rising

Michael Summers | Professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy   The universe is awash in planets. As of this writing, there are 3,989 exoplanets (planets outside of our solar system) that have been confirmed by astronomers. Several thousand more have been detected, but await confirmation. The online Exoplanet Encyclopedia keeps tabs of exoplanet discoveries, and it must […]

SUMMERS: What Happens Once People Land On Mars?

SUMMERS: What Happens Once People Land On Mars?

Michael Summers | Professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy . NASA robotic missions to Mars have revealed a world with an amazingly complex history, including periods in which it was much warmer, with oceans, volcanoes, and was habitable for many types of simple Earth life. Even now, Mars still has abundant subsurface water and organic […]

On Jan. 1, Humanity Meets Ultima Thule — A Planetary Building Block

On Jan. 1, Humanity Meets Ultima Thule — A Planetary Building Block

Michael Summers | Professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy   Those of us who study the ways that planets form and evolve often feel like we are investigating a crime scene. It’s not that planet formation is a crime! It’s simply that when we look at a planet now we are looking at the end […]