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Imagining Alien Life

  • Posted 04.24.14
  • NOVA

NASA's Kepler mission has found a rocky world orbiting a red dwarf star. This distant planet is tidally-locked—one side is always facing the sun, while the other is perpetually shadowed in darkness. Despite these conditions, it is still possible that life could exist there. Here, scientists imagine what the plants and animals on such a planet would look like.

What would life on a red dwarf planet look like?

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Alex Sutherland
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Nathan Williams
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This is an excerpt from the NOVA program "Alien Planets Revealed."

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