A Vanishing Island, an Alien Mudball, and the Search for Life on Enceladus

Last week, the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference brought more than 1,700 scientists to The Woodlands, Texas. Through presentations and poster sessions, many of the solar system's worlds briefly had a chance to shine -- even the little ones, like comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, dwarf planet Ceres, and all those icy moons in the outer solar system. We've already reported the latest results from Mercury, speculation about icy plumes on Ceres, mysterious happenings in the Martian atmosphere, and a newly discovered, concealed crater on the moon's nearside. There are a few more stories on the way. For now, here's a ...

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