Search for Life Archive
16 May 2014, 01:21 PM ET
The space agency has approved a new mission called K2 for Kepler. The telescope's original exoplanet hunt came to an end in May 2013 when the second of the spacecraft's four reaction wheels failed, robbing it of its precision pointing ability.
16 May 2014, 09:54 AM ET
Microorganisms from Earth could hitch a ride on spacecraft and end up colonizing the Red Planet and other celestial bodies in the solar system, recent research suggests.
15 May 2014, 06:14 PM ET
The lovable monkey and the Man with the Yellow Hat launch to the Red Planet, and deliver a Curiosity-type rover.
15 May 2014, 09:48 AM ET
Discovering more solar siblings could help shed light on how the solar system came to harbor life, researchers said, adding that life may even teem on the planets circling such sister stars.
14 May 2014, 04:14 PM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope recently spotted a billowing cloud of water vapor on Jupiter’s moon Europa — a sign that extraterrestrial life could be lurking within our own solar system. Studying plumes here on Earth could inform the alien-life hunt.
13 May 2014, 06:00 PM ET
An amazing new NASA video shows two super-dense neutron stars tearing each other apart in a cataclysmic cosmic merger that ultimately forms a black hole.
13 May 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A newly christened telescope imager built to snap photos of alien planets around distant stars is the most sensitive camera of its kind, according to preliminary test. The Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), installed on the Gemini South telescope in Chile, is de
11 May 2014, 11:26 AM ET
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10 May 2014, 01:11 PM ET
From a brilliant image of the Flame Nebula to magnetic 'fingerprints' of the Milky Way, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 10, 2014.
10 May 2014, 12:47 PM ET
From a fireball blazing across the daytime sky to a stunning moonrise over Ocean City, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
07 May 2014, 06:00 AM ET
The 61-second exoplanet video, created by a graduate student in England, provides a flyby tour of all known planetary systems beyond our own sun known to orbit a single star.
05 May 2014, 11:54 AM ET
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05 May 2014, 10:59 AM ET
From a solar eclipse from space to NASA's newest spacesuit, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 5, 2014.
05 May 2014, 10:34 AM ET
From the partial solar eclipse over Australia to an amazing auroral display over Alaska, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
01 May 2014, 03:32 PM ET
Like its famous neighbor Europa, the huge Jovian satellite Ganymede might have an ocean of liquid water in contact with a rocky seafloor, a new study reports. This arrangement would make possible all sorts of interesting chemical reactions.
01 May 2014, 12:20 PM ET
Alien life could be orbiting rare F-type stars, despite heavy blasts of ultraviolet radiation. F-type stars are heftier and hotter than our sun.
01 May 2014, 10:22 AM ET
A 'moon bounce performance' is slated using artwork in collaboration with visual artist, Daniela DePaulis, and the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in The Netherlands.
01 May 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in April 2014.
30 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The equator of Beta Pictoris b, a gas giant about 10 times more massive than Jupiter, is moving at about 62,000 mph (100,000 km/h), researchers said — far faster than any planet in our solar system.
29 April 2014, 12:00 PM ET
The space agency announced Monday (April 28) that it has issued a Request for Information (RFI), officially seeking ideas from outside researchers about a mission that would study Europa and its subsurface ocean for less than $1 billion.
29 April 2014, 11:01 AM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover has spent the past few days studying a Martian sandstone slab, assessing whether or not to break out its drill and collect samples from the rock's interior.
28 April 2014, 05:07 PM ET
Systems with close suns could result in more potentially habitable exomoons.
26 April 2014, 09:55 PM ET
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26 April 2014, 03:11 PM ET
From a massive solar flare to a super-bright meteor exploding over the northern Russian city of Murmansk, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 26, 2014.
26 April 2014, 02:57 PM ET
From the moon and Mercury shining together to an amazing auroral display over Alaska, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
26 April 2014, 02:26 PM ET
Everyone’s favorite furry aliens from Star Wars, the Ewoks, lived on the “forest moon of Endor”. In scientific terms, the Ewok’s home world would be referred to as an exomoon, or a moon that orbits any planet that orbits a star other than our sun.
26 April 2014, 01:56 AM ET
The discovery of exoplanets also slightly increases how much credence we give to the possibility of near-term human extinction. This because of a concept known as the Great Filter.
25 April 2014, 07:27 AM ET
In March 2014, scientists gave the public a taste of the Mars-analog research they're doing in California's Death Valley National Park.
25 April 2014, 07:12 AM ET
Last month, researchers took the public on a tour of some Martian analog sites in California's Death Valley National Park as part of MarsFest 2014.
19 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
From five volcanoes erupting at once to a cross-section of the universe, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 19, 2014.
19 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
From a stunning time-lapse of the Milky Way to the Blood moon, don't miss these amazing night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
18 April 2014, 10:15 AM ET
On Thursday (April 17), NASA announced the historic discovery of Kepler-186f, an Earth-size alien planet 490 light-years from our own world that is located inside the habitable zone of its star. See Space.com's complete coverage of the Kepler-186f find.