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    A small cactus is teaching scientists about a unique evolutionary mechanisms that plants can use to thrive in harsh environments. The study provides insight into the adaptability of life, and could help astrobiologists understand how some ecosystems might react to global warming.
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    NASA´s IceBite team is in Antarctica this month testing a new drill built by Honeybee Robotics for use on a possible future mission to Mars. In this blog entry, Kris Zacny writes about the first field tests of the Icebreaker drill.
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    A new study demonstrates that the extinction of the dinosaurs paved the way for a dramatic increase in the size of mammals. The work provides new information about how ecosystems 'reset' after mass extinctions.
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    The Cassini-Huygens mission has captured the first direct evidence of an oxygen atmosphere on a world other than Earth. The tenuous atmosphere exists around Saturn´s moon Rhea.
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    Scientists and engineers are developing a Mars 'hopping' vehicle that could help astrobiologists explore the red planet. Robotic explorers play an essential role in the search for signs of past or present life in the solar system.
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    A new study suggests that the surfaces of Mars, Venus and the Moon could be suitable for farming, moving one step closer to the next phase in space exploration: colonizing other planets.
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    NASA´s Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses (O/OREOS) nano-satellite is now orbiting Earth and starting its astrobiology experiments. O/OREOS is the first demonstration flight for the small payloads initiative of NASA´s Astrobiology Science and Technology Instrument Development (ASTID) program.
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    Researchers have discovered bacteria and algae that have been trapped inside fluid inclusions in salt crystals for thousands of years. The study could provide direct observations of how organisms have evolved over time and reacted to climate change on the ancient Earth.
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    Scientists have discovered numerous and diverse bacteria in the deepest layer of ocean crust, even at temperatures close to the boiling point of water. The study provides new information about environments for life on Earth, and may have implications in the search for life on
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    The ever-expanding human population will continue to impact the habitability of our planet into the future. But moving humans from Earth into the final frontier carries an environmental cost as well.
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    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has confirmed that the Hayabusa spacecraft has successfully returned samples from the asteroid Itokawa. The samples will help astrobiologists understand the composition of asteroids and their potential role in the history and origin of life on Earth.
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    NASA's EPOXI mission has provided the first images that link jets of dust and gas with specific surface features on a comet. The data will help astrobiologists understand the nature of comets - and possibly even planets.
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    Astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting a star that entered our Milky Way from another galaxy. The planet is unusual because it orbits a star nearing the end of its life. Studying the planet will provide new information about the evolution of planetary systems.
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    Recent data from the Spitzer Space Telescope has helped scientist determine what the 'dust tail' of Earth looks like. The finding could help astrobiologists search for Earth-like planets because similar dust tails trailing behind extrasolar planets might actually be easier to spot than the planets
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    NASA's IceBite team is in Antarctica this month testing a new drill built by Honeybee Robotics for use on a possible future mission to Mars. In this blog entry, Kris Zacny writes about setting up the Icebreaker drill.
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