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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Life in solar system most likely on other planets’ moons

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Author and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said in a video released Thursday that if humanity hopes to find other forms of life in this solar system, then our next exploratory missions should target not our interplanetary neighbors, but their moons.

Going to Venus, he said, would be a terrible idea.

“You would be crushed by the atmospheric pressure,” he said. “Nearly a hundred times that of Earth. Then you would rapidly vaporize from the 900 degrees Fahrenheit — four, five hundred degrees Celsius — temperatures.”

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His favorite target for possible exploration, deGrasse Tyson said, is Jupiter’s moon Europa.

“It’s icy on the surface,” he explained, “but the stress from Jupiter’s gravity pumps energy into Europa, melting that ice so there’s an ocean of liquid water that’s been liquid for billions of years.”

“On Earth, any place we find liquid water,” he said, “we find life.”

Another possibility would be Saturn’s moon, Titan. Titan, too, is very cold, with all water frozen and rivers and lakes of liquid methane.

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“Titan has an atmosphere,” de Grasse Tyson said. “A moon with an atmosphere.”

“Who’s to say,” he asked, “that there isn’t life based on liquid methane?”

Watch the video, embedded below via Business Insider:

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The week Donald Trump’s presidency crashed and burned — and Republicans noticed

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It feels as though every week during the Trump administration is a year and every year a decade. Every day there is a crisis or an outrage or a revelation that takes your breath away. But the underlying dynamics always seem to be the same no matter what. The press reports the story, the Democrats get outraged, the pundits analyze it, the president rages and then Fox and the Republicans all line up like a bunch of robots and salute smartly. Then we reset until the next crisis, outrage or revelation. It's an exhausting cycle that never seems to get us anywhere and it's bred a fatalistic response in many of us: "Nothing matters."

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‘We’re ready to vote’: Oversight Committee Dem claims Congress has the goods for impeachment

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna (CA), who sits on the House Oversight Committee, said he and other Democrats have enough in hand to vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Speaking with host John Berman, Khanna was pressed on what he had learned behind closed doors from former and current officials working in Trump's administration, saying he couldn't divulge any more than has previously been released but that there was enough there to raise serious issues about Trump's continuing as president.

Pressed by host Berman whether lawmakers have enough to proceed with impeachment, the California Democrat didn't skip a beat and said yes.

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Mulvaney’s ‘clownshow’ could end with him ‘wearing handcuffs’ for bribery and extortion: Florida prosecutor

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The Florida state attorney with authority over President Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort warned that the White House chief of staff could be arrested for a crime he publicly admitted.

Dave Aronberg, the state attorney for Palm Beach County and a former Florida state senator, agreed with a former prosecutor on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that Mick Mulvaney had revealed criminal wrongdoing by admitting the White House withheld military aid to pressure Ukraine to help the president's re-election campaign.

"We've been being looking at criminality here for a while," said former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, "and I think Mulvaney put the final nail in the coffin yesterday, and here's why it's important."

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