Kevin Hand has been eager to search for life on Europa for a long time. She helped discover microbial life forms that had been trapped inside one of the crystals. In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old. In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life. Penny Boston - Spaceward Bound. Penny Boston is Professor of Cave and Karst Science at New Mexico Tech. National Geographic 322,570 views. FILE - Penelope Boston, a New Mexico Tech professor in July 2008, discovered extreme life in New Mexico caves. Inside the Cave of Crystals, Penny Boston discovered organisms that have been alive for tens of thousands of years, trapped inside the crystals. NASA’s Penny Boston shows off one of the crystals from Mexico’s Naica cave complex. This image provided by Penny Boston shows a red wall in a cave with butterfly crystal. (Mike Spilde via AP/Penny Boston via AP) Scientists find ancient life trapped in weird cave By: Seth Borenstein, Associated Press. ... Mario Corsalini stands near to a gypsum rosette crystal. Suspended in an air bubble, the tiny organisms may have laid dormant for up to 50,000 years before Boston and company came along. (NASA Photo) Still more amazement ensued when the microbes’ DNA was analyzed. The bizarre and ancient microbes were found dormant in caves in Naica, Mexico, and were able to exist by living on minerals such as iron and manganese, said Penelope Boston… Deadly Crystal Cave | National Geographic - Duration: 5:44. Penny Boston - Spaceward Bound. Skip navigation Sign in. Hear Penny Boston speak on stage about her search for extremophiles all over the world. (Penny Boston / via AP) In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old. FILE - In this July 3, 2008, file photo, New Mexico Tech professor Penny Boston crawls through the Mud Turtle Passage on the way to the Snowy River formation during an expedition in Fort Stanton Cave, N.M. Boston, who discovered extreme life in New Mexico caves in 2008, presented new findings on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 of microbes trapped in crystals in Mexico that could be 50,000 years old. Her areas of research include microbial life in highly mineralized environments and astrobiology and … This image provided by Penny Boston shows a red wall in a cave with butterfly crystal. NASA Astrobiology Institute director Penelope Boston journeyed into the Giant Crystal Cave in 2008, and again in 2009. 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