Table of Contents May 1997

Discover Magazine's mission is to enable readers to lead richer lives by explaining and expanding their universe.  Each month we bring you in depth information and analysis from various topics ranging from technology and space to the living world we live in.
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Sure, the international space station is expensive and uninspiring. But it's also a spectacular feat of engineering, and the arena of choice for international culinary conflict. Discover editors take a further look:
The year 2001 is almost upon us, and manned Jupiter missions are still far-fetched. That doesn't bother Arthur C. Clarke. He sees better things right around the corner.
So you don't happen to have a spare half-trillion dollars. Cheer up, there's more than one way to Mars, after all, it's only rocket science.
With laser devices of his own making, Richard Zare can coax molecules to reveal their inner nature to him. Any sort of molecule will do--even one that might come from an extraterrestrial.
Hints of fossilized microbes have rekindled NASA's hopes for a community on Mars.
Ralph Harvey can ride a Ski-doo as well as anyone, and he looks pretty good in antlers--just the guy to search Antarctica for pieces of other worlds.
Microbes from the least hospitable places on Earth, could seed the universe with life.
Beneath the six-mile-thick shell of ice that encases the moon Europa may lie a vast liquid ocean. And in its dark, alient depths, we may--if we look--find something swimming alive.