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Asteroid 'time capsules' may help explain how life started on Earth
In popular culture, asteroids play the role of apocalyptic threat, get blamed for wiping out the dinosaurs -- and offer an extraterrestrial source for mineral mining. But for one researcher, asteroids play an entirely different role: that of time capsules showing what molecules originally existed in our solar system. Having that information gives scientists the starting point they need to reconstruct the complex pathway that got life started on Earth.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:05:13 GMT

Why we have yet to find extraterrestrial life
Are we alone in the universe? Few questions have captured the public imagination more than this. Yet to date we know of just one sample of life, that which exists here on Earth.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:05:13 GMT

Humans will actually react pretty well to news of alien life
Hollywood has it wrong. Humans would actually react positively to news of alien life -- intelligent or microbial.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:05:13 GMT

Soft tissue fossil clues could help search for ancient life on Earth and other planets
Fossils that preserve entire organisms (including both hard and soft body parts) are critical to our understanding of evolution and ancient life on Earth. However, these exceptional deposits are extremely rare. New research suggests that the mineralogy of the surrounding earth is key to conserving soft parts of organisms, and finding more exceptional fossils. The work could potentially support the Mars Rover Curiosity in its sample analysis, and speed up the search for traces of life on other planets.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:05:13 GMT

A 'Feel-Good Moment for Science': Volunteers Spot the Sun's Newest Neighbor
Citizen scientists have spotted a failed star, known as a brown dwarf, just 100 light-years from the sun.
Space.com, Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:57:27 GMT

Don't Let an Old Myth Prevent Your Child from Seeing the Solar Eclipse
Joe Rao's second book, "Looking Up!: The Science of Stargazing," debunks an old myth about solar eclipses and teaches kids (and parents) how to safely experience this amazing event.
Space.com, Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:57:27 GMT

What's Next for NASA's New Astronaut Class?
NASA has welcomed a dozen more people into its astronaut family, but the new additions aren't ready to launch just yet.
Space.com, Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:57:27 GMT

How Old is the Universe?
The universe is approximately 13.8 billion years old.
Space.com, Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:57:27 GMT

Hubble gazes into a black hole of puzzling lightness
The beautiful spiral galaxy visible in the center of the image is known as RX J1140.1+0307, a galaxy in the Virgo constellation imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and it presents an interesting puzzle. At first glance, this galaxy appears to be a normal spiral galaxy, much like the Milky Way, but first appearances can be deceptive!
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:45:57 GMT

French, US astronauts install batteries outside space station (Update)
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk Friday, on a mission to help upgrade the power system outside the International Space Station with new, refrigerator-sized lithium-ion batteries.
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:45:57 GMT

Video: Huygens' descent to Titan
On December 25, 2004, the piggybacking Huygens probe was released from the 'mothership' Cassini spacecraft and it arrived at Titan on January 14, 2005. The probe began transmitting data to Cassini four minutes into its descent through Titan's murky atmosphere, snapping photos and taking data all the while. Then it touched down, the first time a probe had landed on an extraterrestrial world in the outer Solar System.
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:45:57 GMT

How old is our moon?
Most scientists agree that the Earth has pretty much always had its moon. Details of the moon's composition (in particular the "isotopic mixture" of heavier and lighter versions of various elements) are too similar to the Earth's for it to have been captured from somewhere remote. However, some compositional details differ enough to rule out the idea that the moon is simply a chunk of the Earth that broke loose.
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:45:57 GMT

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