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Are we alone in the Universe?

Is there other life on distant planets or moons? Explore new discoveries of extreme life on Earth and how they suggest where life might exist on planets and moons in our Solar System. Follow the hunt for planets outside our Solar System, including worlds like Earth.

Exhibit highlights:

  • Take part in state-of-the-art surface touch table activities to find out how scientists detect distant “exoplanets.”
  • Look at extremophiles — creatures who live in extreme environments right here on our home planet — to get clues to what types of life might exist on other planets

Special tactile components in Life Beyond Earth provide accessibility to visitors with vision limitations, and Braille guides are available for use in the exhibit.

Be sure to check out this exhibit’s companion planetarium show, We Are Aliens, and download the free PlanetMania app to play while in the exhibit. Earn points playing PlanetMania to redeem a discount in the Science Store. App development made possible through funding from the National Science Foundation and exhibit made possible through generous funding by NASA.

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