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Scientists have Discovered a Place on Earth with no Biological Life

November 25, 2019

Despite its oft-celebrated flexibility and resilience, life is obviously not present at every point in the known Universe…
This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). Credits: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
First Detection of Sugars in Meteorites Gives Clues to Origin of Life

November 20, 2019

An international team has found sugars essential to life in meteorites. The new discovery adds to the growing…
Japanese MMX Martian Moon Probe is Unlikely to Bring Back Dangerous Martian Microbes

November 7, 2019

A Japanese research team has assessed the probability that Martian microbes that might have contaminated Mars’ moons would…
A NASA Panel Says We Don’t Need to be so Careful About Infecting Other Worlds

October 23, 2019

It’s time to update the rules. That’s the conclusion of a panel that examined NASA’s rules for planetary…
NASA’s Planetary Protection Review Addresses Changing Reality of Space Exploration

October 19, 2019

NASA released a report Friday with recommendations from the Planetary Protection Independent Review Board (PPIRB) the agency established…
Are We Alone in the Universe? Rutgers Professor Explores Possibility of Life on Mars and Beyond

October 15, 2019

People have spent centuries wondering whether life exists beyond Earth, but only recently have scientists developed the tools…
New Organic Compounds Found in Enceladus Ice Grains

October 3, 2019

New kinds of organic compounds, the ingredients of amino acids, have been detected in the plumes bursting from…
China’s Lander Successfully Grew Some Cotton Plants on the Moon. Fruit Flies and Potatoes Didn’t Fare So Well

October 3, 2019

When China’s Chang’e-4 spacecraft landed on the lunar far side on January 3rd 2019, it made history. It…
From Cells To Galaxies And Beyond

October 2, 2019

Scientists in radio astronomy and medical imaging find common ground “We are star stuff,” famous astronomer Carl Sagan…
Mission to Jupiter’s Icy Moon Confirmed

August 21, 2019

An icy ocean world in our solar system that could tell us more about the potential for life…
Searching For The Red Edge: How The Earth’s Forests Are Telling The Aliens Where We Live

July 24, 2019

People are always worried that alien civilizations will detect the transmissions from our old radio shows and television…
Super salty, subzero Arctic water provides peek at possible life on other planets

July 12, 2019

In recent years, the idea of life on other planets has become less far-fetched. NASA will send a…
Hubble Finds Tiny “Electric Soccer Balls” in Space, Helps Solve Interstellar Mystery

June 26, 2019

Scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed the presence of electrically-charged molecules in space shaped like soccer…
‘Fettuccine’ may be most obvious sign of life on Mars, researchers report

May 30, 2019

A rover scanning the surface of Mars for evidence of life might want to check for rocks that…
Laurie Barge, left, and Erika Flores, right, in JPL's Origins and Habitability Lab in Pasadena, California.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor

February 26, 2019

Scientists have reproduced in the lab how the ingredients for life could have formed deep in the ocean…
This illustration shows the structure of a new synthetic DNA molecule, dubbed hachimoji DNA, which uses the four informational ingredients of regular DNA (green, red, blue, yellow) in addition to four new ones (cyan, pink, purple, orange). Credits: Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Creates DNA-like Molecule to Aid Search for Alien Life

February 22, 2019

In a research breakthrough funded by NASA, scientists have synthesized a molecular system that, like DNA, can store…
Master of Survival

January 30, 2019

Water bear. Moss piglet. Tardigrade. The gentle teddy-bear features of this polyonymic animal belie its hardy nature. Capable…
Astronomers find star material could be building block of life

January 29, 2019

An organic molecule detected in the material from which a star forms could shed light on how life…
Sugar is Sweet, Essential to Life — and It’s Probably in Deep Space

December 20, 2018

When we think of sugar, it’s in the form of a holiday sweet or a reason to head…
Evidence of Life on Exoplanets Needs Searching for “Purple Earths”

October 23, 2018

Finding potentially habitable planets beyond our Solar System is no easy task. While the number of confirmed extra-solar…
The Milky Way Could Be Spreading Life From Star to Star

October 13, 2018

For almost two centuries, scientists have theorized that life may be distributed throughout the Universe by meteoroids, asteroids,…
NASA Is Taking a New Look at Searching for Life Beyond Earth

September 26, 2018

Since the beginning of civilization, humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the universe. As NASA has…
Closest Exoplanet Could be Habitable With a Dayside Ocean

September 17, 2018

In of August of 2016, astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) confirmed the existence of an Earth-like…
Is Mars’ Soil Too Dry to Sustain Life?

July 25, 2018

Life as we know it needs water to thrive. Even so, we see life persist in the driest…
Radiation Maps of Jupiter’s Moon Europa: Key to Future Missions

July 24, 2018

New comprehensive mapping of the radiation pummeling Jupiter’s icy moon Europa reveals where scientists should look — and…
NASA Simulation Shows How Europa’s “Fossil Ocean” Rises to the Surface Over Time

July 16, 2018

In the 1970s, the Jupiter system was explored by a succession of robotic missions, beginning with the Pioneer…
Complex Organics Bubble up from Ocean-world Enceladus

June 28, 2018

Data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveal complex organic molecules originating from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, strengthening the idea…
Will We Know Life When We See It? NASA-led Group Takes Stock of the Science

June 26, 2018

In the last decade we have discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system and have learned that…
Organics on Ceres may be more abundant than originally thought

June 14, 2018

Last year, scientists with NASA’s Dawn mission announced the detection of organic material — carbon-based compounds that are…
Scientists Shrink Chemistry Lab to Seek Evidence of Life on Mars

May 25, 2018

An international team of scientists has created a tiny chemistry lab for a rover that will drill beneath…
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