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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...

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...

2013-09-26 20:20:22

TROY, N.Y., Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first scoop of soil analyzed by the analytical suite in the belly of NASA's Curiosity rover reveals that fine materials on the surface of the planet contain several percent water by weight. The results were published today in Science as one article in a five-paper special section on the Curiosity mission. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dean of Science Laurie Leshin is the study's lead author. "One of the most exciting...

2013-09-26 16:21:38

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its interior to the current interaction between the Martian surface and atmosphere. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Examination of loose rocks, sand and dust has provided new understanding of the local and global processes on Mars. Analysis of observations and measurements by the rover's science instruments during...

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...

2013-09-19 16:20:20

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Data from NASA's Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data reported by U.S. and international scientists indicated positive detections. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The roving laboratory performed extensive tests to search for traces of Martian methane. Whether the Martian atmosphere contains traces of the gas has...

Sun Intensity Will End Life On Earth In No More Than 3.25 Billion Years
2013-09-19 10:33:04

[ Watch the Video: Earth Will Enter The Hot Zone In Several Billion Years ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In one of the longest range weather forecasts ever made, a team of UK scientists has determined that the sun’s growing intensity will lead to the evaporation of the oceans and end of life on Earth in about 1.8 to 3.2 billion years – according to a new report published in the journal Astrobiology. Using planets outside the Solar System and their stars as...


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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