The springs of Yellowstone National Park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming – To the usual tourist, Yellowstone is a fascinating look at incredible nature, with the unique volcanic landscape creating something near impossible to find anywhere else in the world. To scientists with NASA, the features of Yellowstone, specifically the Grand Prismatic Spring, mean a lot more.

The Grand Prismatic Spring is the most recognizable thermal feature of Yellowstone National Park, but some of its most fascinating features are invisible to the naked eye. Underwater exists a diverse system of microbes which scientists have been studying for decades, and have been the catalyst for life changing discoveries. Could these microbes be the key to discovering life on other planets?

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