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By Dr. Friedemann Freund; Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Friedemann Freund doesn’t shrink from taking on the really big problems. His research has elucidated such important phenomena as the fact that rocks under stress behave like batteries that can produce currents deep within the…

Worlds in the Making

By Dr. Ignacio Mosqueira, an astrophysicist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Ignacio Mosqueira works with Paul Estrada to piece together the way in which giant planets – such as Jupiter and Saturn — and their moons and rings formed. Ignacio notes that…

By Dr. Rosalba Bonaccorsi Environmental Scientist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Rosalba, what first sparked your interest in science? I’ve always had big dreams — even as a young girl. As soon as I started to walk, I took an interest in…

From Dust to Planets

By Dr. Paul EstradaPlanetary physicist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs If planets are a dime a dozen, moons are less than a penny each. There are at least 139 moons just within our own solar system. Most of these are the property…

By Dr. Cynthia Phillips Planetary geologist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute Jupiter’s moon Europa could be the best place beyond the Earth to search for life. This small moon, about the size of Earth’s Moon, is one of the Galilean moons first discovered 400 years…