NASA’s managers are following a new congressional mandate to look for extraterrestrial life, with a push for technology that can probe for life in hard to reach places and know it is alive, both within the Solar System and beyond it, in orbit around nearby stars. Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), the powerful and enthusiastic lawmaker who oversees NASA’s appropriations in the House, makes no secret of his ambition to go down in history as the visionary who enabled the ...


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