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2014-08-12 07:30:05

Elizabeth Zubritsky and Nancy Neal-Jones, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center A NASA-led team of scientists has created detailed 3-D maps of the atmospheres surrounding comets, identifying several gases and mapping their spread at the highest resolution ever achieved. [ Watch: HCN – Inner Coma Of C/2012 F6 (Lemmon) ] “We achieved truly first-of-a-kind mapping of important molecules that help us understand the nature of comets,” said Martin Cordiner, a researcher working in the...

New Techniques Tease Out Building Blocks Of Life In Meteorites
2014-02-04 06:24:52

[ Watch the Video: New Technique For Studying Out-Of-This-World Particles ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have long delved into the mysteries of the origins of life here on Earth and more recently have found evidence pointing to the skies above us. Some evidence has been found in material created in space and delivered to Earth via comets and meteors, containing the building blocks for life. The latest round of evidence comes by way of Michael...

JPL Bubbles Up Organics Using Ocean Vent Simulator
2013-01-17 09:25:23

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory This week, fizzy ocean water and the alkaline fluid that bubbles up from deep ocean vents are coursing through a structure at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. that is reminiscent of the pillared Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz. Scientists with the NASA Astrobiology Institute's JPL Icy Worlds team have built this series of glass tubes, thin barrels and valves with a laser and a detector system. The set-up mimics the conditions at...

2012-09-05 16:17:47

NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $40 million to five research teams to study the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. The newly selected teams are from the University of Washington; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Wisconsin, Madison; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and University of Southern California. Average funding to the teams is almost $8 million each. The interdisciplinary teams will become members of...

2011-11-30 12:27:18

NASA and the Library of Congress have established the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA-Library of Congress chair in Astrobiology at the Library's scholarly research organization, the John W. Kluge Center in Washington. The chair is named for the late Nobel Laureate and founding director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, Baruch "Barry" Blumberg. Astrobiology is the study of the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. Astrobiology addresses three fundamental questions:...

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2011-04-07 08:57:20

Michael Mewhinney, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Baruch "Barry" Blumberg, who served as the first director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute at NASA's Ames Research Center, died of an apparent heart attack while attending a conference at Ames on Tuesday, April 5. He was 85. Blumberg served as the first director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute from 1999 to 2002. He is best known as the winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Medicine for identifying the...

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2011-03-08 06:30:00

Claims from a NASA scientist that alien microbes were discovered in meteorites collected decades ago are being disputed by scientists at the US space agency, who say that there is no empirical evidence that the objects contained bacteria from outer space. As first reported by Fox News on Friday, Dr. Richard B. Hoover of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama alleges that he has discovered fossil evidence of bacterial life in a rare class of meteorites known as CI1 carbonaceous...


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