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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...

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....

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...


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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