Search for Life Archive
09 May 2015, 10:52 AM ET
There are many unknowns regarding the potentially habitable exoplanet Kepler-186f, but it may have similar light (from its star) and gravity as Earth.
09 May 2015, 10:29 AM ET
A science institute at Cornell University that is focused on the search for life elsewhere in the universe has been renamed the Carl Sagan Institute: Pale Blue Dots and Beyond.
07 May 2015, 04:21 PM ET
The hostile environment around small, red stars could make some planets inhospitable, but could these same stars make other planets just right for life?
07 May 2015, 04:19 PM ET
To prepare for future colonies on Mars, NASA is asking the public for ideas on how to keep Red Planet astronauts safe with minimal resupplies from Earth.
07 May 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Researchers have reproduced a wide array of life's building blocks in a scenario involving meteorites and the solar wind, suggesting that such chemicals may exist on many bodies in our solar system.
07 May 2015, 07:31 AM ET
Chemical reactions that free up energy that could potentially support a biosphere are occurring deep within Enceladus' salty subsurface ocean, a new study suggests.
06 May 2015, 06:30 AM ET
The water plume seen on Jupiter's moon Europa in 2013 may have been a rare event, which implies the satellite may be a solid ball of ice and inhospitable to life.
03 May 2015, 10:31 AM ET
A Russian cargo vessel suffered a serious malfunction on its way to the space station, NASA's MESSENGER probe slammed into Mercury and the New Horizons spacecraft snapped the best-ever photos of Pluto. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
02 May 2015, 02:21 PM ET
From a spacecraft spinning out of control to predicting a cosmic demise, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 3, 2015.
01 May 2015, 06:19 AM ET
The newfound exoplanets, known as HD 7924c and HD 7924d, are "super Earths" with masses 7.9 and 6.4 times greater than that of Earth, researchers said. They orbit the star HD 7924, which lies just 54 light-years from the sun.
30 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The search for life beyond Earth homes in on water, whose unique properties make it critical to life as we know it and whose abundance throughout the solar system is becoming increasingly clear to scientists.
28 April 2015, 01:21 PM ET
The Senate voted unanimously April 27 to confirm Dava Newman as NASA's deputy administrator, more than six months after she was nominated.
27 April 2015, 01:30 PM ET
The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science, or NExSS, will take a multidisciplinary approach to the hunt for alien life, NASA officials said.
27 April 2015, 09:00 AM ET
Studying the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, should help researchers better understand the air of faraway exoplanets, a new study reports.
24 April 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The star Tau Ceti, which lies just 11.9 light-years from Earth, is thought to host five exoplanets, two of which have been posited to be potentially habitable. But a new study throws some cold water on these worlds' life-supporting ability.
24 April 2015, 12:47 PM ET
24 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A study of Yellowstone's hot springs has revealed new clues about how organic materials might get preserved in similar environments on the Red Planet, bettering our chances of finding possible signs of life.
22 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Exoplanet 51 Pegasi b, located ~50 light years away in Pegasus, was suspected in 1995 from the motion of its star. Now the HARPS instrument at ESO’s La Silla Observatory has detected the spectrum of that star's visible light reflected off the planet.
22 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists measured the spectrum of visible light reflected off the exoplanet 51 Pegasi b, which lies about 50 light-years from Earth. Back in 1995, 51 Pegasi b became the first alien world ever found around a sunlike star.
18 April 2015, 01:20 PM ET
From the first color image of Pluto to an awesome new SpaceX Video, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 19, 2015.
16 April 2015, 01:51 PM ET
NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld (now Associate Admin. for the Science Mission Directorate) looks back at how Hubble’s upgradable design can help us create more powerful space-based observatories.
16 April 2015, 07:30 AM ET
A NASA telescope co-discovered one of the most distant planets ever discovered, a gas giant about 13,000 light-years away from Earth.
15 April 2015, 05:55 PM ET
It's now time to start planning out a future space telescope that will tackle the next big frontier in astronomy and astrophysics, researcher Mario Livio says — the search for signs of life beyond our neck of the cosmic woods.
15 April 2015, 11:37 AM ET
The world looks different to Neil deGrasse Tyson because he’s an astrophysicist. When a great communicator gets his hands on an elegant tool, enlightenment (and, yeah, a little ego) ensues. But why did @NeilTyson choose Twitter? He tells Space.com.
13 April 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Liquid water likely lurks just below the surface of Mars on cold winter nights, according to new research. Is it enough to support microscopic life-forms?
12 April 2015, 10:12 AM ET
A total lunar eclipse wowed skywatchers and two private spaceflight companies tackled big challenges. These, and more, are Space.com's picks for the best space stories for the week of April 12.
12 April 2015, 09:34 AM ET
From a cosmic garden to fishing for space junk, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 12, 2015.
09 April 2015, 10:40 AM ET
Researchers at NASA's Ames Research Center in California generated three key components of RNA and DNA in the lab, by exposing commonly occurring ring-shaped molecules of carbon and nitrogen to radiation under spacelike conditions.
08 April 2015, 01:01 PM ET
The protoplanetary disc around a constellation of Taurus star, named MWC 480, harbors enough methyl cyanide (CH3CN) to "fill all of Earth’s oceans," according to the European Southern Observatory.