Microbes survived inside giant cave crystals for up to 50,000 years BOSTON — Microbes found stowed inside giant crystals in caves in Chihuahua, Mexico, may have survived there for tens of thousands of years. The microorganisms, which appear to be vastly different from nearly all life-forms found on Earth, offer a good indication of how resilient life can be in extremely harsh environments, including those found on other planets. “These organisms are so extraordinary,” astrobiologist Penelope Boston…"Giant Cave Crystals"
Dwarf planet Ceres contains the necessary ingredients for life, new data suggest. From ScienceNews NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has detected organic compounds on Ceres — the first concrete proof of organics on an object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. This material probably originated on the dwarf planet itself, the researchers report in the Feb. 17 Science. The discovery of organic compounds, the building blocks of life, adds to the growing body of…"Organics Found on Ceres"