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More Than 1,000 Exoplanets Have Been Discovered Since 1992
2013-10-25 14:17:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The search for extra-terrestrial planets has been ongoing for at least the past 21 years. Since the early days of exoplanet hunting, the number of such planets identified by scientists has pushed beyond a thousand, thanks largely to the advent of high-tech space observatories, such as the Kepler Space Telescope. Exoplanets, or alien planets, are those planets that exist outside of our Solar System. So far, scientists have discovered...

President Barack Obama Thanks NASA Employees And Public Servants
2013-10-25 09:36:46

NASA President Obama met with two NASA employees and 32 fellow public servants in the East Room at the White House in Washington to express gratitude and acknowledge their selection as recipients and finalists of the prestigious 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service of America Medals or Sammies. The medals are presented annually by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service to recognize the outstanding achievements of federal workers and their significant work for our nation....

2013-10-24 16:21:45

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media are invited to the debut of a new Visitor Center exhibit at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The exhibit describes the search for the origins of life here on Earth, elsewhere in the solar system and throughout the universe. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) A ribbon-cutting event for NASA officials, special guests and media begins at 2 p.m. EDT at the Goddard Visitor...

2013-10-22 12:21:51

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The public is invited to a free lecture called "Our Place in the Universe - Cosmology from the Ancient Greeks to Today" to be held at the Library of Congress. The lecture will be given by NASA astrobiologist Michelle Thaller on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 11:30 a.m. EDT in the Pickford Theater of the Library of Congress's Madison building. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "As a scientist, I am always...

ESA Explores Alien Worlds On Earth To Prepare For Future Space Missions
2013-10-17 13:51:22

[ Watch the Video: Catalogue of Planetary Analogues For Rovers? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Wednesday it had begun testing a preliminary version of its ExoMars rover – highlighting the space agency’s recent commission of a catalog listing sites on Earth that resemble locations on distant celestial bodies such as the Moon or Mars. The sites listed in the Catalogue of Planetary Analogues (CPA) are some of the...

Mars-like Desert Exploration Completed By ESA's Test Rover
2013-10-16 12:07:11

ESA Braving high winds, dust devils and unpredictable terrain, ESA’s test rover has completed its exploration across – and under – Chile’s Mars-like Atacama Desert. The five-day Sample Acquisition Field Experiment with a Rover, or SAFER, field trial concluded on Saturday 12 October. An early version of ESA’s 2018 ExoMars rover fitted with a trio of prototype ExoMars instruments was overseen from a remote control center at the Satellite Applications Catapult facility in...

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...

2013-10-03 16:21:01

Online Event Will Examine LIBS as Chemical Analysis Technique and Introduces New Product SHOREVIEW, Minn., Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TSI Incorporated, manufacturer of precision measurement instruments and chemical analysis solutions, is sponsoring its second webinar on October 15, 2013, presented and moderated by Celia Arnaud, Senior Editor of Chemical and Engineering News, to highlight Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), an innovative new technique for chemical analysis...


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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