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Astrobiology Acupuncture: Collecting Data from Non-Planar Surfaces
Nov 27, 2014
A team of chemists has created a robotic instrument that is able to analyze rough, uneven surfaces.
Questions of Continental Crust
Nov 26, 2014
A new review examines questions about the continental crust of Earth that could be relevant to habitability.
Jumping Hurdles in the RNA World
Nov 21, 2014
The formation of RNA from prebiotic reactions may not be as problematic as scientists once thought.
The Known and Unknown of Asteroid Bennu
Nov 19, 2014
NASA has released a new animation that highlights Bennu, the target asteroid of the OSIRIS-REx mission.
A Database of Enzyme Diversity
Nov 14, 2014
Scientists have a constructed a new database of the diversity in an enzyme that is used by microorganisms to metabolize sulfur.
Contact with Philae Reestablished
Nov 13, 2014
Philae is now stationed on the comet and sending back images and scientific data.
Life’s History in Iron
Nov 7, 2014
A new study examines how Earth's oldest iron formations could have been formed before oxygenic photosynthesis played a role in oxidizing iron.
Cubesats for Europa
Nov 5, 2014
NASA has selected 10 universities that will study how CubeSats could enhance the next mission to Europa.
ChemCam Sheds new Light on Yellowknife Bay
Oct 29, 2014
New results from the Curiosity rover support theories that non-acidic water persisted in the Yellowknife Bay region on Mars.
The Abundance of Water in Asteroid Fragments
Oct 24, 2014
A new study provides insights about the abundance of water in fragments of asteroids.
Lichen in Orbit
Oct 22, 2014
Lichens have survived the first long-term exposure of eukaryotic organisms to space conditions.
MAVEN’s View of Siding Spring at Mars
Oct 19, 2014
Today, October 19, 2014, the comet Siding Spring is set to fly by Mars.
Sean Solomon to Receive National Medal of Science
Oct 17, 2014
Sean Solomon, former principal investigator for the NASA Astrobiology Institute team at the Carnegie Institution, has been selected to receive the National Medal of Science.
First Light at Mars
Oct 14, 2014
How long does it take for a Mars mission to start sending back data once it's arrived at the red planet? For MAVEN, it was a matter of hours.
Zooming in on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Oct 10, 2014
ESA has released new close-up images of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that show boulders scattered on the comet's surface.
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