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Astronomers Reveal Interstellar Thread of One of Life’s Building Blocks

2 days ago

ALMA and Rosetta map the journey of phosphorus. “Life appeared on Earth about 4 billion years ago, but…
Ancient stardust leads to clearer picture of solar system

3 days ago

Interstellar dust is an important component of our galaxy. Condensed in the outflow of dying stars, it is…
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…
NASA’s Mars 2020 Will Hunt for Microscopic Fossils

November 13, 2019

Scientists with NASA’s Mars 2020 rover have discovered what may be one of the best places to look…
Unexamined lunar rocks indicate early bombardment

October 17, 2019

A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists has challenged the long-standing theory that the moon experienced…
All Life on Earth is Made up of the Same 20 Amino Acids. Scientist Now Think They Know Why

August 3, 2019

The question of how life on Earth first emerged is one that humans have been asking themselves since…
NASA’s Dragonfly Will Fly Around Titan Looking for Origins, Signs of Life

June 30, 2019

NASA has announced that our next destination in the solar system is the unique, richly organic world Titan.…
Did comet impacts jump-start life on Earth?

June 28, 2019

Comets screaming through the atmosphere of early Earth at tens of thousands of miles per hour likely contained…
NASA-Johnson-Built Device to Help Mars 2020 Rover Search for Signs of Life

June 13, 2019

Next summer, NASA is launching the Mars 2020 robotic rover to the Red Planet, loaded with equipment to…
Comet Provides New Clues to Origins of Earth’s Oceans

May 25, 2019

The mystery of why Earth has so much water, allowing our “blue marble” to support an astounding array…
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…
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