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Microbial Habitability of Icy Worlds As our exploration of space begins its sixth decade , we have new tools and techniques to probe questions of planetary habitability

@inproceedings{Priscu2012MicrobialHO,
  title={Microbial Habitability of Icy Worlds As our exploration of space begins its sixth decade , we have new tools and techniques to probe questions of planetary habitability},
  author={J. Priscu},
  year={2012}
}
  • J. Priscu
  • Published 2012
  • F or most of Earth’s history, life was microscopic and, even today, microorganisms dominate the planet. Hence, we believe that, if life exists beyond Earth, it likely started as microorganisms and may remain at this stage. Much of contemporary astrobiological research focuses on the metabolic potential of microorganisms and their ability to inhabit extreme environments. The search for life beyond Earth prioritizes the search for liquid water because water on Earth is closely associated with… CONTINUE READING