2016 space missions included dramatic moments, triumphs and failures, and beginnings and endings, all part of mankind’s quest to explore the final frontier.
Space exploration has come a long way since the first primitive satellites—we’ve visited all the canonical planets, and laid the groundwork for the next stage of discovery and colonization. A new, more lasting space race is about to begin. Here’s the second part of our 100-year forecast of future space exploration.
These rivers of methane could host novel forms of life.
Deep sea exploration isn’t just for marine biologists anymore. Saturn’s moon Titan is covered in seas of liquid hydrocarbons, and Europa and Enceladus likely harbor immense subglacial oceans. Here’s a look at some of the space submarine concepts devised by NASA and others to explore our Solar System’s alien seas.
This is the first time the world will have explored an extraterrestrial ocean.
A glint on the surface of Titan reveals a vast network of deep channels.
This may change our views on what guides the fundamental nature of hosting life.
Titan is a rich sludge of organics.
A new material synthesized in the Australian Synchrotron may be the evaporitic residue on Saturn's moon Titan.
These are Titan's highest mountains.
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