Search for Life Archive
18 December 2014, 11:32 AM ET
Kepler has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013. The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, is a "super Earth" about 2.5 times larger than our home planet.
17 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The discovery is not evidence that life exists, or has ever existed, on Mars, researchers stressed. But it does mark the first time that organics have been confirmed inside Red Planet rocks, and it checks off a chief goal of the rover team.
16 December 2014, 10:58 PM ET
The two-year mission of the one-ton rover is to find out if Mars is, or was, capable of supporting life.
13 December 2014, 12:16 PM ET
From what looks like a freshly baked pie on Mars to a great shot of Dwarf Planet Ceres, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 13, 2014.
12 December 2014, 07:14 AM ET
A ground-based telescope in Spain was able to identify a super-Earth orbiting a sunlike star. With the assistance of telescopes on the ground, astronomers could move faster in the search for habitable planets around other stars.
11 December 2014, 02:01 PM ET
The presence of liquid water is just one of many factors that researchers need to take into account when investigating the past or present habitability of Mars or any other cosmic body, researcher Pamela Conrad says.
09 December 2014, 03:05 PM ET
Author Lee Billings discusses the divide among scientists in the hunt for life elsewhere in the universe, and what an alien civilization might tell us about our own future.
08 December 2014, 03:31 PM ET
Curiosity has found evidence that the 96-mile-wide (154 kilometers) Gale Crater, which the rover has been studying since August 2012, hosted a large lake long ago. Runoff into this lake eventually built up Mount Sharp, mission scientists say.
08 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
These shots of the Martian surface from orbit show our planetary neighbor as never before.
04 December 2014, 05:10 PM ET
The way we define life has consequences for the search for life on other worlds such as Mars, Jupiter's moon Europa and the Saturn satellite Enceladus.
01 December 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in November 2014.
29 November 2014, 08:00 AM ET
A robot that can scale the faces of steep cliffs might one day help explore Mars and find signs of life.
27 November 2014, 07:12 AM ET
Titan's "prebiotic" environment consists of molecules that could be a precursor to life.
26 November 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Could life survive a trip on a comet, or the tip of a rocket? New evidence shows that DNA samples remain functional after a trip on the outside of a low-orbit rocket.
23 November 2014, 01:45 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
16 November 2014, 09:50 AM ET
Alien life might flourish on an exotic kind of carbon dioxide, researchers say. This 'supercritical' carbon dioxide, which has features of both liquids and gases, could be key to extraterrestrial organisms much as water is to biology on Earth.
14 November 2014, 06:56 AM ET
Researchers have been testing out "starshade" technology, which could help astronomers find and characterize rocky, Earthlike alien worlds by blocking the overpowering light of their parent stars.
06 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA astronauts Mike Fincke and Marsha Ivins discussed their off-Earth experiences with "Interstellar" actors Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain during a Google+ Hangout Wednesday.
01 November 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in October 2014.
30 October 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Measures taken in the current Ebola outbreak may hold some clues for how to handle Martian samples brought back to Earth from the Red Planet, which could host extraterrestrial microbes.
16 October 2014, 03:06 PM ET
Experts will debate whether or not life is likely to exist on planets orbiting red dwarf stars during a live event tonight. Watch it here at Space.com.
13 October 2014, 12:58 PM ET
Frigid lakes bombarded by UV radiation and boiling, acidic springs are some of the otherworldly Earth environments where scientists plan to hunt for clues to life on Mars.
10 October 2014, 07:16 PM ET
The discovery of extraterrestrial beings — be they slimy microbes or little green men — would dramatically change the way we humans view our place in the universe. But would it shatter religion? Well, that depends on what you believe.
06 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The Milky Way may be home to some 3,000 extraterrestrial civilizations but the vast distances between our galactic cousins will make contact extremely rare, a new study concludes.
05 October 2014, 12:26 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
04 October 2014, 11:01 AM ET
From a stunning image of the Red Planet from India's first spacecraft to a spectacular new photo showing a cluster of stars, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Oct. 4, 2014.
01 October 2014, 12:36 AM ET
See photos from astronaut Alexander Gerst who is about to take off on a mission to the International Space Station, along with five others.
01 October 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in September 2014.
30 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Future space telescopes hunting for signs of alien life should focus on water, oxygen and chlorophyll-like pigments, in that order, researchers said.
30 September 2014, 12:00 AM ET
Loops of charged particles appear to 'droop' on the sun's surface.
29 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
What signs of life could a far-off alien spacecraft spot on Earth? The answer could help researchers shape the hunt for E.T. in far-off solar systems.
28 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Following its 2017 launch, NASA's TESS mission should collect a wealth of information on new exoplanets, the majority of which should be available for follow-ups with ground-based telescopes.
26 September 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Among the nearly 2,000 planets found beyond our solar system, there are volcanic super-Earths, gas giants that dwarf Jupiter and worlds with multiple sunsets. Here are some of the most incredible.
25 September 2014, 02:01 PM ET
The finding suggests that water is commonly incorporated into newly forming planets throughout the Milky Way galaxy and beyond, researchers said — good news for anyone hoping that Earth isn't the only world to host life.
25 September 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Complex carbon-bearing molecules detected in interstellar space suggest key ingredients for life on Earth could have alien origins.
24 September 2014, 01:01 PM ET
A Neptune-sized planet beyond the solar system has telltale traces of water vapor in its atmosphere, making it the smallest known wet exoplanet yet, scientists say. The exoplanet HAT P-11b is about four times the size of Earth and about 124 light-years aw