Search for Life Archive
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.
02 July 2015, 12:00 AM ET
The stars and stripes fly aboard the International Space Station.
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.
09 June 2015, 06:20 AM ET
NASA officials hope the agency's flyby mission to Europa in the 2020s paves the way for future missions to the Jupiter moon — including, perhaps, one that touches down to search for signs of life.
08 June 2015, 09:37 AM ET
Though Hubble doesn’t typically discover exoplanets, it is sometimes used to determine what lies in their atmospheres. Future telescopes should be powerful enough to ‘see’ markers of life processes in the ‘air’ of Earth-sized alien world.
07 June 2015, 09:31 AM ET
From up-close looks at Saturn's "spongy" moon Hyperion to photos of the first NASA spacewalk, which occurred 50 years ago this week, don't miss these amazing space images.
05 June 2015, 11:20 AM ET
Engineers are looking to automate some of the simple decision-making steps undertaken by Mars rovers and orbiters, which could dramatically improve the science they are able to perform in the search for habitable environments.
03 June 2015, 06:09 AM ET
A new study looking at microbes that can survive in the vacuum of space demonstrates the need to consider how such microbes might contaminate environments beyond Earth.
03 June 2015, 06:06 AM ET
Hardy life-forms known as cyanobacteria convert sunlight to energy despite the fact that they often live in shadow. What can the adaptability of these microbes tell scientists about the possibility of life on Mars?
01 June 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in May 2014.
31 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA announced the science instruments for its mission to Europa, SpaceX was certified for U.S. military launches and a tiny solar-sailing spacecraft suffered a glitch in orbit. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
30 May 2015, 11:13 AM ET
From a nebula's crimson heart to a dragon's-eye view, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 31, 2015.
26 May 2015, 05:02 PM ET
The Europa probe will carry supersharp cameras, a heat detector, ice-penetrating radar and a variety of other gear that will help researchers gauge the Jupiter moon's ability to support life as we know it.
26 May 2015, 07:05 AM ET
Green rust could help living organisms on Mars extract energy from their environment. Scientists are working on ways of identifying green rust on the surface of the Red Planet.
25 May 2015, 09:00 AM ET
A scientist has raised questions about the latest detection of methane on Mars, suggesting that NASA's rover could be responsible for the mysterious burp. Highly unlikely, but not impossible, says the Curiosity team.
24 May 2015, 09:01 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane launched on another mystery mission, Russia's Proton rocket failed during a satellite launch and astronomers found the most luminous galaxy in the universe. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
23 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
From the launch of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane to new views of the odd bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 23, 2015.
19 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA is considering allowing a team of researchers, teachers, artists and engineers to upload an interstellar message to the agency's New Horizons spacecraft, which will perform the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14.
18 May 2015, 01:34 PM ET
Three boulders balancing like ballerinas have been spotted on the surface of a comet by the Rosetta spacecraft. Only a small area on the surface of each rock is touching the ground, similar to "balancing rocks" seen on Earth.