Dr. Jocelyne DiRuggiero travels to the Atacama Desert to break open rocks to study extremophiles.
Experience intense, unique, and sometimes dangerous moments with scientists working in the field, as they explain first-hand the kinds of risks they take to find answers. There's so much more to being a scientist than being stuck in a lab. Watch every Wednesday for new episodes of Science in the Extremes.
This Cryptic Underwater Maze Holds Life That Survives on Methane
NASA Tests Life-Detecting Mars Rover Tech in Brutal Chilean Desert
"The Atacama Desert in Chile offers an unparalleled approximation of the conditions on Mars — which also makes it a good place to practice looking for life on the Red Planet."
Alien Life Model Found in Deep Earth
"A microbe that lives off radioactive rocks in Earth's deepest mine reveals how life could thrive on other planets and even in interstellar space."
Drone Video Explores a Massive Crack That Opened Up in the Arizona Desert
"The fissure is deep enough to swallow any car unlucky enough to be on one of the dirt roads that cross it."
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