Big Picture Science – Rife With Life

by Gary Niederhoff on February 27, 2012

“Follow the water” is the mantra of those who search for life beyond Earth. Where there’s water, there may be life. Join us on a tour of watery solar system bodies that hold promise for biology. Dig beneath the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa, and plunge into the jets of Enceladus, Saturn’s satellite.

And let’s not forget the Red Planet. Mars is rusty and dusty, but it wasn’t always a world of dry dunes. Did life once thrive here? Also, the promise of life in the exotic hydrocarbon lakes of Titan.

Science-fiction author Robert J. Sawyer joins us, and relates how these exotic outposts have prompted imaginative stories of alien life.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Mars in Sci-Fi
Part 2: Life on Mars
Part 3: Life on Jupiter in Sci-Fi
Part 4: Life on Europa
Part 5: Europa in Sci-Fi
Part 6: Life on Titan
Part 7: Titan in Sci-Fi
Part 8: Life on Enceladus
Part 9: Sun life in Sci-Fi

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