Origin & Evolution of Life

Some Scientists Believe Life Formed in Thermal Pools like Those in Yellowstone National Park

Some Scientists Believe Life Formed in Thermal Pools like Those in Yellowstone National Park

When the Earth was born, it was a mess. Meteors and lightning storms likely bombarded the planet's surface where nothing except lifeless chemicals could survive.

Microbiology

Understanding The Microbiology Of The International Space Station

Understanding The Microbiology Of The International Space Station

Sometimes doing science is as simple as wiping up. NASA astronaut Jack Fisher is seen here using a wet wipe on the surfaces of the European Cupola module of the International Space Station.

Enceladus

New Models Reveal The Inner Complexity Of Enceladus

New Models Reveal The Inner Complexity Of Enceladus

A Southwest Research Institute team developed a new geochemical model that reveals that carbon dioxide (CO2) from within Enceladus, an ocean-harboring moon of Saturn, may be controlled by chemical reactions at its seafloor.

Space Life Science

Help Shape The Future of European Space Biology

Help Shape The Future of European Space Biology

What biology research would you conduct on the International Space Station? As the world celebrates 20 years of astronauts living and working on the International Space Station, ESA is preparing for another decade of European research in humankind's weightless laboratory.

Extrasolar Planets

Forming 'Fast And Furious' Planets Around Tiny Stars

Forming 'Fast And Furious' Planets Around Tiny Stars

New astronomy research from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) suggests giant planets could form around small stars much faster than previously thought.

Astronomy

The Habitable Exoplanet Observatory (HabEx) Mission Concept Study Final Report

The Habitable Exoplanet Observatory (HabEx) Mission Concept Study Final Report

The Habitable Exoplanet Observatory, or HabEx, has been designed to be the Great Observatory of the 2030s.

Mars

Mars' Water Was Mineral-rich And Salty

Mars' Water Was Mineral-rich And Salty

Presently, Earth is the only known location where life exists in the Universe.

Impact events

Earth's Oldest Asteroid Strike Linked to Snowball Earth Thaw

Earth's Oldest Asteroid Strike Linked to Snowball Earth Thaw

Curtin University scientists have discovered Earth's oldest asteroid strike occurred at Yarrabubba, in outback Western Australia, and coincided with the end of a global deep freeze known as a Snowball Earth.

Habitable Zones & Global Climate

Earth During The Faint Young Sun Era

Earth During The Faint Young Sun Era

Research supported in part by the NASA Astrobiology Program provides new insight into the 'faint young Sun problem.'

Extrasolar Planets

The Paradox Of Youth For ALMA Planet Candidates

The Paradox Of Youth For ALMA Planet Candidates

Recent ALMA observations indicate that the majority of bright protoplanetary discs show signatures of young moderately massive planets.

Astrochemistry

Chemicals on Comet Comet 67P Suggest Composition Of Its Birthplace

Chemicals on Comet Comet 67P Suggest Composition Of Its Birthplace

Observations from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft are shedding light on the mysterious make-up of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, revealing a mix of compounds thought to be essential precursors to life - including salts of ammonium and a particular type of hydrocarbons.

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