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In The Hunt For Habitable Planets, A New Model May Be Key
2013-11-14 13:54:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers using new theoretical models have created a new method to simplify the search for Earth-like planets. The new models help rule out the possibility of Earth-like conditions on certain planets outside of our solar system. Yann Alibert, of the Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) at the University of Bern, and colleagues based the study on the mass and radius of a planet, helping to determine criteria that exclude the...

Iguana On Mars
2013-11-08 13:44:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A UFO hunter claims to have discovered an iguana on Mars in the shape of a rock using photos taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. A YouTube user going by the name of UFO HuntingClouds posted a video this week on YouTube displaying a photograph of rocks taken on the surface of Mars earlier this year. The rock featured in the top right of the image has a very-vague resemblance to what could be a fossilized iguana, and it is sparking some...

NASA, ESA Spacecraft Clean Rooms Infested With Rare Bacterium
2013-11-07 04:33:27

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fewer microbes live in a spacecraft clean room than in almost any other environment on Earth. Surveys of what might be living in these clean rooms are important for understanding what could be hitching a ride into space. With that said, NASA has announced that scientists recently discovered a rare microbe in two spacecraft clean rooms -- one in Florida and another in South America. If scientists were ever to discover...

Alien Worlds: How Common Are Habitable Planets?
2013-11-05 02:51:36

[ Watch the Video: Earth May Not Be So Unique After All ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online New statistical analysis of data obtained by NASA’s now-retired Kepler spacecraft has revealed that one out of every five sun-like stars have at least one Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone. “What this means is, when you look up at the thousands of stars in the night sky, the nearest sun-like star with an Earth-size planet in its habitable zone is probably only...

Scientists Meet To Discuss 833 New Exoplanets
2013-11-04 16:21:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of scientists are gathering for the second Kepler Science Conference this week at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. Researchers will be discussing the latest findings from the Kepler Space Telescope data, which includes the discovery of 833 new candidate planets. Ten of the new exoplanets are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in the habitable zone. New Kepler data shows that...

India Looks To Be Fourth Nation To Launch Mission To Mars
2013-11-05 06:00:47

[ Watch the Video: Mars Targeted By India's Space Agency ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online UPDATE: Nov 5, 2013 (6:00 a.m.) India has successfully launched its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center this morning with the aim of becoming only the fourth country to reach the Red Planet. The Mangalyaan probe lifted off at 2:38 p.m. local time after a 56-hour countdown that began Sunday. The launch went off without a hitch for the...

2013-11-01 10:30:54

NASA will video stream a news briefing at 10:15 a.m. PST (1:15 p.m. EST) Monday, Nov. 4, to announce new results from the agency's Kepler mission. The briefing, taking place during the Kepler Science Conference, will be in building 152 at NASA Research Park in Moffett Field, Calif. With its 2009 launch, Kepler became the first NASA mission capable of finding Earth-sized planets in or near the habitable zone -- the region around a star in which orbiting planets may have surface temperatures...

Mars Curiosity Solo Drive Approaching Cooperstown
2013-10-30 09:52:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Mars Curiosity rover finished its first two-day autonomous roll across the Martian landscape on Monday, bringing the roving laboratory to an ideal vantage point for selecting a next target to investigate, NASA announced on Tuesday. When Curiosity drives autonomously, it chooses a route by using its onboard computer to analyze stereo pictures that it takes during stops. Before Monday, each day’s drive came after a section earlier...

Exoplanets With Too Much Carbon Are Most Likely Waterless
2013-10-26 04:14:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Diamond planets and other worlds that are rich in carbon might be waterless, NASA researchers explained earlier this month at the 45th meeting of the American Astronomical Society Division of Planetary Sciences in Denver. Torrence Johnson, a Senior Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and his colleagues explain that since our sun is a carbon-poor star, the Earth is a planet that is...


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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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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