Search For Life

Life-Hunting Mars Mission Idea Makes Progress, But Needs Cash
ExoLance 'Penetrator' in Martian Subsurface
September 15th, 2014
A concept mission that would fire scientific missiles at Mars to search for signs of subsurface life is making technical strides, team members say, but it still needs quite a bit of financial help to get off the ground.
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Sniffing Out Alien Life: Stinky Chemicals May Be Key
Stinky Chemicals Key to Search for Alien Life?
September 2nd, 2014
Alien organisms may betray their presence by pumping stinky chemicals into their home planets' skies, researchers say.
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Microbes Found Beneath Antarctic Ice: What It Means for Alien Life Hunt
Jupiter's Ice-covered Satellite, Europa
August 20th, 2014
The discovery of a microbial ecosystem deep beneath the Antarctic ice doesn't necessarily mean that life teems on frigid worlds throughout the solar system, researchers caution: subglacial Lake Whillans is not a closed system like Jupiter's moon Europa.
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'Venus Zone' Could Aid Search for Earth-Like Alien Worlds
Earth and Venus Comparison
September 11th, 2014
A team of researchers has delineated the "Venus Zone," the range of distances from a host star where planets are likely to resemble Earth's similarly sized sister planet, which has been rendered unlivably hot due to a runaway greenhouse effect.
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Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa: Best Bet for Alien Life?
Europa Thick Ice Crust
August 22nd, 2014
Scientists discuss what makes Jupiter's moon Europa perhaps the solar system's best bets for hosting life beyond Earth.
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We Could Find Alien Life, but Politicians Don't Have the Will (Op-Ed)
satellite, search for life
August 12th, 2014
While alien life can be seen nightly on television and in the movies, it has never been seen in space. Not so much as a microbe, dead or alive, let alone a wrinkle-faced Klingon.
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See the Moon in Motion in August's Night Sky
Moon on Aug, 1, 2014
August 1st, 2014
Most people know that the moon orbits the Earth once a month, but they typically have no visual confirmation of this motion. Over the next week, skywatchers have the chance to see moon's motion with their own eyes.
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Moon Offers Dress Rehearsal for October Total Lunar Eclipse
Moon Sky Map for Sept. 11, 2014
September 10th, 2014
The moon will wow stargazers with a total lunar eclipse on Oct. 7 and 8, but you don't have to wait to start preparing for the event. The pre-dawn moon on Thursday, Sept. 11, will be in the same position as on Oct. 8, offering a dress rehearsal for the lu
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Martian Mystery: What Is Odd Cell-Like Structure in Mars Meteorite?
Strange Oval Structure in Nakhla Mars Meteorite
August 21st, 2014
The researchers discovered the microscopic oval object within the Nakhla Mars meteorite, which fell to Earth in Egypt in 1911. While the structure's appearance is intriguing, it most likely formed as a result of geological rather than biological processes
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Twin Alien Planets Could Boost Chances for Extraterrestrial Life
Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Sun-Sized Star
August 7th, 2014
Alien planets could host life well into their old age if they have companion worlds tugging at them, researchers say.
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