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Chemical Fingerprints: What The Planets Reveal About Alien Life Forms

In their search for extra-terrestrial life, scientists are zeroing in on so-called exoplanets. To narrow the field down even more, they use powerful telescopes to draw conclusions about the chemical makeup of those planets’ atmospheres.

Anybody out there? (Patrick Hoesly)
Anybody out there? (Patrick Hoesly)
Norbert Lossau

BERLIN - Twenty-two year ago sensors on the spacecraft Galileo picked up the existence of life on planet Earth. No big surprise. But what was salient about the experiment was that the space probe's analysis system reached an accurate conclusion.

When it comes to the discovery of life on planets outside the solar system – the so-called extra solar or exoplanets – researchers depend on the sort of information Galileo provided. So far, 770 exoplanets have been discovered, and some of them are similar to Earth in certain respects. Yet even if an exoplanet had an atmosphere and a life-friendly surface, there's still no guarantee that it hosts forms of life.

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When Mom Believes Putin: A Russian Family Torn Apart Over Ukraine Invasion

Sisters Rante and Satu Vodich fled Russia because they could no longer bear to live under Putin — but their mother believes state propaganda about the war. Her daughters are building a new life for themselves in Georgia.

A mother and her daughter on a barricade in Kyiv

Steffi Unsleber

TBILISI — On a gloomy afternoon in May, Rante Vodich gets the keys to her new home. A week earlier, the 27-year-old found this wooden shed in Tbilisi, with a corrugated iron roof and ramshackle bathroom. The shed next door houses an old bed covered in dust. Vodich refers to the place as a “studio” and pays $300 per month in rent. She says finding the studio is the best thing that’s happened to her since she came to Georgia. It is her hope for the future.

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Her younger sister Satu Vodich is around 400 kilometers further west, in the city of Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, surrounded by Russian tourists, Ukrainian flags, skyscrapers with sea views and the run-down homes of local residents.

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