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Planetary Building Blocks Found Around White Dwarf Star
2013-10-11 03:01:51

[ Watch the Video: Oxygen And Water Evidence From Extrasolar Asteroid? ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online For the first time, researchers have discovered two essential components required for habitable planets – water and a rocky surface – existing together outside of our solar system. Researchers from the University of Cambridge, the University of Warwick and the University of Kiel report in the latest edition of the journal Science that they had analyzed...

Atacama Desert Explored By ESA’s Test Rover
2013-10-09 09:24:59

ESA ESA’s test rover has been fitted with scientific instruments and made its first tracks in the sands of Chile’s Atacama Desert. Meanwhile, team members have explored the area to select a suitable site for testing, flying a drone to produce an aerial map. This week’s Sample Acquisition Field Experiment with a Rover, or SAFER, field trial is gaining experience in remotely operating a Mars rover prototype equipped with scientific instruments. ESA has assembled an international...

ESA Mars Rover Desert Trial
2013-10-04 10:21:18

ESA Next week will see ESA’s most ambitious planetary rover test yet. Robotic exploration of a Mars-like desert in South America will be overseen from the UK, providing experience for future missions to the Red Planet. The rover faces the desolate Atacama Desert in northern Chile, one of the closest terrestrial matches for Mars. Among the driest places on Earth, it lacks any vegetation and its red–brown soil and rocks make it look even more like Mars. The aim is to build up...

Mars Rover 2020 Mission
2013-09-28 04:12:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA has announced that they are currently accepting applications from researchers hoping to have their science and exploration technology instruments become part of the payload of the US space agency’s next Mars rover. The new rover, which is scheduled to be launched in July or August of 2020, will further explore Mars and determine whether or not the Red Planet could be a potential habitat for life. It will also seek out signs...

Curiosity Gets The First 'Scoop' On Martian Water Discovery
2013-09-26 14:50:20

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity Rover Instrument Finds Watery Evidence ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity has added another huge discovery to its repertoire, as scientists report finding water in the NASA rover's first soil scoop taken on the Martian surface. The latest finding, published in the journal Science, shows that the rover's first scoop of soil contained fine materials that were several percent water by weight. "One of the most exciting results...

The Hunt For Extraterrestrial Life On Cloudy Extra-Solar Planets
2013-09-26 11:05:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international research team has created a map of the clouds that ensconce Kepler 7b, a distant planet outside our solar system, according to reports published by The Astrophysical Journal and Astrophysical Journal Letters. The studies’ researchers said their findings are a step forward in determining which planets outside our Solar System, also known as exoplanets, can host extraterrestrial life. Kepler 7b orbits a Sun-like...

mars lacks methane
2013-09-20 03:50:39

[ Watch the Video: Curious Case Of Methane On Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new finding using data obtained from NASA's Curiosity rover has revealed that the Red Planet's environment lacks methane. Previous data reported by scientists indicated that methane was present on Mars, but the latest evidence derived from extensive tests by the rover shows the planet lacks traces of the gas. Finding methane would be a big indicator for scientists looking to...


Latest Astrobiology Reference Libraries

Planetary Astronomy
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: Artistic concept of a planetary system. Credit: Wikipedia/NASA/JPL-Caltech The term Astronomy encompasses a broad range of topics, including the study of stars, galaxies, and planets. In order to focus on the different areas of study, many subfields of astronomy emerge. One such area is the study of planets known, appropriately, as Planetary Astronomy. Observational Planetary Astronomy Even within the field of Planetary Astronomy, there are several divisions to...

Astrobiology (journal)
2012-06-04 18:56:55

Astrobiology is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published monthly by Mary Ann Liebert Inc. It is the official journal of the Astrobiology Society. As of May 2012, the editor-in-chief is Sherry L. Cady, PhD (Portland State University, Department of Geology). Astrobiology is the leading international journal for astronomers, biologists, chemists, geologists, microbiologists, paleontologists, and planetary scientists designed to advance our understanding of life’s origin, evolution, and...

Sagan, Carl
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 - December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer who pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and science in general. He is less well known for his skepticism. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sagan attended the University of Chicago, where he received a bachelor's degree (1955) and a master's degree (1956) in physics, before earning his doctorate (1960) in astronomy and astrophysics. He taught at Harvard University...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Xenobiology -- Xenobiology (or exobiology, or astrobiology) is the term for a speculative field within biology which considers the possibility of, and possible nature of, extraterrestrial life. It also necessarily includes the concept of artificial life, since any life form might naturally evolve elsewhere, could conceivably come out of a laboratory using a future technology. It might be difficult to tell whether a truly strange life form had in fact arisen in space, or was designed much...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Panspermia -- Panspermia is a theory (more directly described as a hypothesis, as there is no compelling evidence yet available to support or contradict it) that suggests that the seeds of life are prevalent throughout the universe and life on Earth began by such seeds landing on Earth and propagating. The theory has origins in the ideas of Anaxagoras, a Greek philosopher. An important proponent of the theory was the British astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle. There is some evidence to...

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  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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