Search for Life Archive
17 December 2013, 07:02 AM ET
Scientists have found organics from Earth's swamp trapped inside of glass created by a meteor impact almost a million years ago. The tiny pockets, only micrometers across, contain material such as cellulose and proteins.
15 December 2013, 04:18 PM ET
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15 December 2013, 02:54 PM ET
From amazing photos of the “Jade Rabbit” rover basking in Lunar Bay of Rainbows to stunning images of the Geminid meteor shower, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 15, 2013.
13 December 2013, 03:50 PM ET
Scientists have detected transient plumes of water vapor erupting from Europa's south pole. The moon is thought to contain a subsurface ocean, and the geysers represent a way to sample this potentially life-supporting environment.
12 December 2013, 11:01 AM ET
Jupiter's icy moon Europa may spout giant geysers of water 20 times higher than Mt. Everest from the moon's southern pole, Hubble Space Telescope images suggest. If these giant waterspouts are confirmed, they could be a way to detect signs of any life tha
11 December 2013, 01:45 PM ET
A new analysis from NASA scientists suggests that a 'spectacular' space rock collision may have delivered clay-like minerals to Jupiter's icy moon Europa.The finding raises the possibility that Europa may be home to organic compounds.
11 December 2013, 01:00 PM ET
Earth's place in the solar system is just right. It's not too hot, like Venus, and it's not too cold, like Mars, and this "goldilocks zone" of habitability around other stars like the sun just might be bigger than thought, scientists say.
10 December 2013, 11:00 AM ET
Life on Earth or Mars could have been brought to the moons of Jupiter or Saturn on rocks blasted off those planets, researchers say.
09 December 2013, 12:01 PM ET
A mission consisting of a 180-day cruise to Mars, a 500-day stay on the Red Planet and a 180-day return flight to Earth would expose astronauts to a cumulative radiation dose of about 1.01 sieverts, Curiosity's measurements suggest.
09 December 2013, 12:01 PM ET
NASA's Curiosity rover has found evidence of an ancient Martian lake that could have supported life for perhaps millions of years. This lake likely existed 3.7 billion years ago, suggesting that Mars was habitable more recently than thought.
08 December 2013, 02:38 PM ET
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08 December 2013, 01:06 PM ET
From an amazing video of the mysterious six-sided vortex spinning around Saturn's north pole to some stunning photos of Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 8, 2013.
06 December 2013, 10:20 AM ET
An enormous alien planet — one that is 11 times more massive than Jupiter — was discovered in the most distant orbit yet found around a single parent star.
05 December 2013, 03:20 PM ET
For thousands of years, humans have been wondering whether there's life elsewhere in the universe. Now, the technology finally exists to search for it.
05 December 2013, 08:00 AM ET
A proposed new mission for Kepler — whose original exoplanet hunt stalled this past May when the second of its four orientation-maintaining reaction wheels failed — has advanced to a NASA vetting stage called "senior review," agency officials announced to
03 December 2013, 02:54 PM ET
The five exoplanets are all scorching-hot, Jupiter-size worlds that are unlikely to host life as we know it. But finding water in their air still marks a step forward in the search for planets that may be capable of supporting alien life.
03 December 2013, 12:57 PM ET
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03 December 2013, 07:27 AM ET
Over the past few years, astronomers have found super-Earth planets orbiting different types of stars. One scientist has reviewed the latest discoveries for insight into how these planets form and whether such worlds could be habitable.
01 December 2013, 02:26 PM ET
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01 December 2013, 12:44 PM ET
From a stunning image of the Dragon's Head Nebula to a photo of Comet ISON as seen by a NASA Mercury Probe, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Dec. 1, 2013.
01 December 2013, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in November 2013.
27 November 2013, 06:00 AM ET
Engineers may have found a way to restore much of the space telescope's lost pointing ability, suggesting that a proposed new mission called K2 could indeed be doable for Kepler.
26 November 2013, 07:30 AM ET
If life does exist anywhere else in the universe, it may only be fleeting. Now scientists are researching how signs of life might look on dying planets.
25 November 2013, 05:49 PM ET
With the second spacecraft this month now on its way to Mars, you could be forgiven for thinking we’ve forgotten that there is a number of other planets in our solar system.
24 November 2013, 10:52 AM ET
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23 November 2013, 03:40 PM ET
From an amazing MAVEN spacecraft launch toward the Red Planet to stunning images by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Nov. 23, 2013.
23 November 2013, 02:24 PM ET
From the dazzling nighttime rocket launch to a spectacular set of photos showing the evolution of Comet ISON over the last few months, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
22 November 2013, 12:40 PM ET
Though no Mars sample-return mission is firmly on the books, the European Space Agency has supported the development of a proof-of-concept container built to keep Martian samples safe as they journey from their home world to Earth.
16 November 2013, 08:54 PM ET
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16 November 2013, 03:49 PM ET
From strange 'elephant trunk' space clouds to an unprecedented view of Saturn from space, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Nov. 16, 2013.
16 November 2013, 03:01 PM ET
From the Milky Way glowing over a fiery Hawaiian volcano to beautiful images featuring the Milky Way over a touching Tribute Hike for a fallen soldier, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
14 November 2013, 01:50 PM ET
What's a virus to do when it finds itself in an inhospitable environment such as hot water? Coating itself in glass seems to not only provide protection, but may also make it easier to jump to a more favorable location to spread.