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First Images From Subglacial Lake Floor Courtesy of NASA’s Robotic Submarine [Video]

As excited as we are to watch the launch of the latest SpaceX capsule this morning -- you can watch live with us right here, by the way -- that's not the only news NASA has in store today. While the space agency is helping the Dragon spacecraft get up to the International Space Station, another NASA team is releasing footage from deep beneath Antarctica. Now you can get a load of some of the first images of the bottom of a subglacial lake courtesy of a robotic mini-submarine designed by researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the video below.

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First Signs of Life Seen in Subglacial Antarctic Lake

A team of American researchers at Lake Whillans in Antarctica have discovered the first signs of microbial life deep below the surface of the ice. The evidence hasn't been officially declared to be life, but the team says it looks promising. It has passed initial tests, and is undergoing more scrutiny before the researchers can really pop the champagne and start high-fiving each other. It's too early to know if the microbes are the frozen alien parasite from the X-Files episode "Ice," but time will tell.

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