Search for Life Archive
17 February 2015, 07:23 AM ET
Small, cold stars known as red dwarfs are the most common type of star in the Universe, and the sheer number of planets that may exist around them potentially make them valuable places to hunt for signs of extraterrestrial life.
14 February 2015, 12:40 PM ET
From a colorful cosmic "flower" to a smiley face in space, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 15, 2015.
11 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The search for life on Mars presents us with many challenges – not the least of which is microbial contamination. How do we ensure that microbes from Earth don't hitchhike all the way to the Red Planet and spread there?
11 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists are discovering ways in which single cells might have evolved traits that entrenched them into group behavior, paving the way for multicellular life.
10 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Life on the moon would be very different for explorers than life on Earth. See how in this Space.com infographic.
09 February 2015, 08:00 AM ET
These shots of the Martian surface from orbit show our planetary neighbor as never before.
06 February 2015, 07:20 AM ET
The Moon has long been viewed as a crucial component in creating an environment suitable for the evolution of complex life on Earth, but a number of scientific results in recent years have shown that perhaps our planet doesn't need the Moon as much as we
06 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
In 1938, Orson Welles narrated a radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” as a series of simulated radio bulletins of what was happening in real time as Martians arrived on our home planet. The broadcast is widely remembered for creating public panic, altho
04 February 2015, 07:13 AM ET
New research finds methane in rock that had been buried perhaps 12 miles (19 kilometers) underground millions of years ago.
04 February 2015, 07:07 AM ET
Scientists hope to create artificial cells that closely mimic what biological ones do so that it would be easy to create laboratory conditions to test out how they evolve.
02 February 2015, 04:20 PM ET
The White House is requesting a $500 million boost for the NASA budget in 2016, potentially propelling the space agency on its way toward sending humans to Mars in the future, the agency's chief said Monday.
01 February 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in January 2015.
30 January 2015, 12:20 PM ET
Seven thousand year-old rock paintings in the Sahara desert have, somewhat serendipitously, helped uncover evidence of ancient lake beds.
30 January 2015, 12:00 PM ET
With 4km-long lasers, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories (LIGO) may detect cataclysmic events far from Earth. This film shows how scientists bridge the gap between the special language of astrophysics and bright young students.
30 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Frigid "mini-Neptunes" that take shape relatively far from red dwarf stars could be dragged inward over time, eventually losing most of their thick, gaseous envelopes and ending up in spots warm enough for life as we know it to survive.
30 January 2015, 07:20 AM ET
Scientists on the Curiosity team have brought into question a recent report about potential trace fossils in the Mars rover's images of the Gillespie rock outcrop.
29 January 2015, 04:43 PM ET
ETs may be tiny, but we'll find them.
27 January 2015, 04:40 PM ET
The newfound exoplanets circle a star that's 11.2 billion years old and are all Venus-size or smaller. They are, therefore, all rocky, though scientists know nothing else about their composition.
25 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
A new investigative organization has just kick-started the creation of a worldwide UFO database, which will allow people around the globe to report their supposed extraterrestrial encounters.
20 January 2015, 03:53 PM ET
When astrobiologists contemplate life on nearby planets or moons, they often suggest such life would be simple. Instead of there being some kind of multicellular organism on, say, Jupiter's moon Europa, scientists instead aim to find something more like a
20 January 2015, 03:37 PM ET
A new study shows that organic compounds carried in icy bodies can survive high-speed impacts and transfer to a target.
17 January 2015, 08:16 AM ET
A team of scientists has published the results of an investigative survey into the Sutter's Mill meteorite that landed in California in 2012.
13 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Hundreds of organisms, ranging from bacteria to lichens, can band together to create biological soil crusts in order to survive in tough conditions.
11 January 2015, 09:00 AM ET
Getting a handle on what rocky worlds in our solar system would look like from afar will give us a basis for comparison as we seek out distant, habitable exoplanets.
09 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Intriguing features photographed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity probably don't have a biological origin, mission team members say.
08 January 2015, 01:50 PM ET
Travel to distant alien worlds with two suns, red grass and strong gravity in three retro exoplanet posters produced by an artist working with NASA.
08 January 2015, 11:00 AM ET
After pointing the Allen Telescope Array at a newly-found exoplanet discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope, SETI reports there is no transmitting alien civilization. But the search continues.
07 January 2015, 04:00 PM ET
Newly announced discoveries by NASA's Kepler space telescope suggest that the first true alien Earth may not elude planet hunters for much longer.
07 January 2015, 11:12 AM ET
A careful study of images taken by the NASA rover Curiosity has revealed intriguing similarities between ancient sedimentary rocks on Mars and structures shaped by microbes on Earth. The findings suggest, but do not prove, that life may have existed ear
06 January 2015, 04:45 PM ET
Eight newfound alien planets appear to orbit in their parent stars' habitable zone — that just-right range of distances that may allow liquid water to exist on a world's surface — and all of them are relatively small, researchers said.
06 January 2015, 02:00 PM ET
NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has discovered its 1,000th alien planet, further cementing the mission's status as a space-science legend. Kepler has found more than half of all known exoplanets to date, and the numbers will keep rolling in.
02 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A recent Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) effort studied 86 candidates in the Kepler space observatory's field for radio signals that could potentially indicate the presence of an intelligent civilization.