• NASA's Desert RATS – or Research and Technology Studies – are making their 13th trip to the desert this fall for another round of analog testing. The Earth-based project is helping NASA plan future human missions to locations like Mars where humans will play a
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  • New data shows that the Moon's surface is more complex than scientist previously thought. By studying evidence of geologic processes and impacts on the Moon, astrobiologists are learning about the history of our solar system and the conditions that allowed for a habitable Earth.
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  • New data shows that the Moon's surface is more complex than scientist previously thought. By studying evidence of geologic processes and impacts on the Moon, astrobiologists are learning about the history of our solar system and the conditions that allowed for a habitable Earth.
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  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, aka Curiosity, is scheduled to launch in late 2011. The goal of the mission is to determine whether or not Mars once had environments capable of supporting life as we know it. For astrobiologists, Curiosity will be a major step toward
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  • An astronomer may have caught a star cannibalizing its companion. The event could allow a second generation of exoplanets to develop out of the resulting disk of dust and debris. The finding provides a unique view into the processes behind planetary formation.
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  • As the growing global population continues to increase the burden on the Earth´s natural resources, some historians and scientists think humans should prepare to colonize space. The problem is, we may have to alter human biology significantly to achieve that goal.
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  • With some clever science, astronomers have re-examined data archives from the Hubble Space Telescope and discovered 14 new trans-Neptunian objects. These objects rest beyond the orbit of Neptune and can teach us a great deal about the history of the Solar System and the materials
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  • This summer, amateur astronomers worked with professionals to spot two fireballs lighting up Jupiter's atmosphere. It was the first time Earth-based telescopes captured relatively small objects burning up in the atmosphere of a giant planet.
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  • We have a long way to go in understanding climate change, but we do know that complex interactions between plants and the climate of Earth go well beyond the Carbon Cycle. Studying the links between life and climate will aid in understanding life's future on
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  • Data from NASA's Phoenix lander suggests that liquid water has interacted with the Martian surface throughout the planet's history and into modern times. The findings could have important implications in the search for signs of past or present life on the red planet.Buy
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