Search for Life Archive
20 July 2015, 12:13 PM ET
A new $100 million, 10-year search for intelligent life in the universe was announced today (July 20) by famed scientist Stephen Hawking and other prominent researchers.
19 July 2015, 03:42 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe dominated the news cycle this week, after making a successful close encounter with Pluto, and sending back incredible images and data. Plus, an astronaut mining company launched a tech-testing satellite.
19 July 2015, 03:19 AM ET
Gorgeous views of Pluto and its ice mountains, its largest moon Charon to the release of Plutos USPS stamp, don't miss these amazing space images.
17 July 2015, 09:35 PM ET
Life in a binary system might not be as magic as it seems in the movies.
12 July 2015, 02:47 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe captured amazing images of Pluto, scientists revealed details about a proposed superpowerful space telescope and NASA announced its first four commercial-crew astronauts. Here are's top stories of the week.
11 July 2015, 01:16 AM ET
From gorgeous views of Pluto and its largest moon Charon to an amazing shot of the International Space Station crossing the moon's face, don't miss these amazing space images.
10 July 2015, 05:00 AM ET
The building blocks to create another Earth are found at solar systems across our Milky Way Galaxy, a new study reveals.
10 July 2015, 04:45 AM ET
In recent years, planetary scientists have begun to suggest that Pluto and its moons might serve as an analogue to planets orbiting double star systems — like the fictional planet Tatooine, home of Luke Skywalker.
09 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists have discovered a number of alien solar systems much older than our own. If any such ancient worlds host life, it would have had a long time to evolve.
08 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A major new telescope proposed for launch in the 2030s would focus on the search for life on other planets and view the universe with 25 times higher resolution than the Hubble Space Telescope.
07 July 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Mars may appear to be dry and desolate, but the Red Planet can be surprisingly humid — perhaps humid enough to support life, some scientists say.
03 July 2015, 08:45 AM ET
Bill Borucki — who came up with the idea for the Kepler Space Telescope in the early 1980s and continued championing the concept through four failed proposals until the mission was finally approved in 2000 — is stepping down from NASA today (July 3).
02 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
After "sleeping" for 26 years, a black hole's activity lit up astronomical observatories on June 15,and it's still going on today.
02 July 2015, 12:52 AM ET
We already knew about Venus. We had our suspicions about Mars. Now we’re sure.
01 July 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in June 2015.
30 June 2015, 01:01 PM ET
The European Space Agency’s ExoMars Rover will drill up to 2 meters (6 ft. 7 in.) into the surface; previous missions have only penetrated 5 centimeters (2 in.).
29 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Huge "super-Jupiter" exoplanets could sport water-rich, potentially habitable moons up to a few times more massive than Mars, a new study suggests.
28 June 2015, 10:55 AM ET
From the best-ever looks at Pluto and its largest moon Charon to gorgeous views of a supercharged northern lights display, don't miss these amazing space images.
26 June 2015, 12:09 PM ET
Barren wastelands are not as barren as they first appear.
25 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The extreme environments of Earth could serve as a time machine to Mars' past, showing us how microbial life could have coped with the changes on the red planet.
24 June 2015, 05:00 PM ET
On the surface of Mars, researchers have identified deposits of impact glass created in meteorite collisions, which could potentially hold signatures of life.
23 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA hopes to send robotic submarines into Europa's subsurface ocean someday, and researchers are currently testing out some prototypes in Antarctica.
21 June 2015, 11:44 AM ET
From a breathtaking view of Saturn's Dione to the 'Spit of Satan,' check out these amazing space images.
21 June 2015, 11:33 AM ET
Crashed comet lander Philae phones home. A dead satellite falls to Earth. Mars shows both methane-laced meteorites and a possibly icy past, and the moon's dust gets a source in the best of this week's space news.
17 June 2015, 01:01 PM ET
A Mars-size planet about 200 light-years from our solar system has turned out to be the lightest known alien world orbiting a normal star, researchers say. It is the first exoplanet smaller than Earth with both its mass and size measured.
17 June 2015, 01:00 PM ET
By studying data from the Kepler probe, scientists have found a planet about the size of Mars, about 200 light-years away from Earth.
17 June 2015, 06:50 AM ET
From studying extreme life forms on Earth, to using Antarctica as an analogue for icy moons in our solar system, scientists have a wide range of approaches to searching for life beyond Earth.
16 June 2015, 05:26 PM ET
Is it likely that we’re not alone in the universe? And if intelligent life is out there, why haven’t they contacted us yet?
13 June 2015, 10:09 AM ET
A robot designed to tunnel through thick ice caps and penetrate subterranean seas could one day explore the underground oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa — an environment potentially habitable to life.
12 June 2015, 06:30 AM ET
The area of our solar system where Mercury resides may once have held as many as four rocky planets. Violent collisions could have left it as the last survivor.
11 June 2015, 07:14 AM ET
Fifteen-year-old Tom Wagg first spotted the Jupiter-size exoplanet two years ago. Further observations have now confirmed the existence of WASP-142b, which lies about 1,000 light-years from Earth.