This post is really about Loihi seamount, which will probably some day be the newest Hawaiian island.
Where is Loihi?
Well, let’s just say that I couldn’t find any sunrise views from its peak and had to go with a bathymetric map for the image up above.
And why is NASA interested in it?
Yes, there are lots of ocean worlds out there. If any of them bear life, even on Pluto, it will probably be because of submarine volcanism like what we see at Loihi and elsewhere on good old planet Earth.
By practicing exploration techniques, and developing new ones here at home, we’re building skills that will eventually enable us to remotely explore the most likely places for extraterrestrial life in our solar system.
Featured image: Bathymetric map of Loihi Seamount by NOAA via Wikimedia