Tuesday, March 16, 2010


NASA doesn't just explore outer space and host cocaine parties in shuttle hangars, you know. They also do research here on earth. Specifically, in Antarctica, where they were shocked to discover a small shrimp-like creature living comfortably under 600 feet of Antarctic ice. The three-inch Lyssianasid amphipod was described by one NASA ice scientist as "a shrimp you'd enjoy having on your plate". So, we can assume it'll be hunted to extinction within the hour. But the implications for extraterrestrial biology could be significant. If life can thrive in such harsh conditions on earth, it's possible life could thrive in similarly harsh conditions on other planets or moons, possibly even in our own solar system. Until, of course, we eat them all. More details here.

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