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  • Comments and Opinion |

    The surface of Mars has been well mapped and characterized, yet the subsurface — the most likely place to find signs of extant or extinct life and a repository of useful resources for human exploration — remains unexplored. In the near future this is set to change.

    • V. Stamenković
    • , L. W. Beegle
    • , K. Zacny
    • , D. D. Arumugam
    • , P. Baglioni
    • , N. Barba
    • , J. Baross
    • , M. S. Bell
    • , R. Bhartia
    • , J. G. Blank
    • , P. J. Boston
    • , D. Breuer
    • , W. Brinckerhoff
    • , M. S. Burgin
    • , I. Cooper
    • , V. Cormarkovic
    • , A. Davila
    • , R. M. Davis
    • , C. Edwards
    • , G. Etiope
    • , W. W. Fischer
    • , D. P. Glavin
    • , R. E. Grimm
    • , F. Inagaki
    • , J. L. Kirschvink
    • , A. Kobayashi
    • , T. Komarek
    • , M. Malaska
    • , J. Michalski
    • , B. Ménez
    • , M. Mischna
    • , D. Moser
    • , J. Mustard
    • , T. C. Onstott
    • , V. J. Orphan
    • , M. R. Osburn
    • , J. Plaut
    • , A.-C. Plesa
    • , N. Putzig
    • , K. L. Rogers
    • , L. Rothschild
    • , M. Russell
    • , H. Sapers
    • , B. Sherwood Lollar
    • , T. Spohn
    • , J. D. Tarnas
    • , M. Tuite
    • , D. Viola
    • , L. M. Ward
    • , B. Wilcox
    •  & R. Woolley
    Nature Astronomy 3, 116-120
  • Comments and Opinion |

    LUVOIR is a concept for a powerful, flexible space observatory to enable the first survey for exoplanets most similar to the Earth, search for signs of life in our Solar System and beyond, and revolutionize astrophysics in the twenty-first century.

    • Aki Roberge
    •  & Leonidas A. Moustakas
    Nature Astronomy 2, 605-607
  • News and Views |

    A new model predicts locations on the surface of radiation-blasted Europa, the ocean moon of Jupiter, where biochemical signatures of life emergent from the subsurface ocean might survive long enough for detection on the moon’s changing surface.

    • John F. Cooper
    Nature Astronomy 2, 617-618
  • News and Views |

    Are we alone in the Universe? Is life unique to Earth or a common phenomenon? These fundamental questions represent major puzzles of contemporary science, and were inspiration for a NASA conference on the prebiotic conditions of the early Solar System.

    • Vladimir S. Airapetian
    Nature Astronomy 2, 448-449
  • News and Views |

    With the ever-growing list of exoplanets fuelling hope for finding life beyond the Solar System, the recent Breakthrough Discuss meeting redirected attention back to our own neighbourhood.

    • John C. Forbes
    Nature Astronomy 2, 450-451