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How Old are the First Planets?
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Heavy elements – ‘metals’ in astronomer-speak – are created within stars and then spewed out across the cosmos by supernovae. Scientists are now asking: when did the Universe have enough metals to start building planets?

Curiosity In It for the Long Haul
Topic: Mars
Curiosity’s first successful drive across the martian landscape is cause for celebration. Astrobiology Magazine Field Research Editor Henry Bortman thinks it is also a good moment to pause and reflect on MSL’s long-term goals.

Life's First Taste of Phosphorus
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Phosphorus is vital to life on Earth, even though our planet doesn't provide life very much phosphorus to work with. Scientists are now studying how phosphorus biochemistry may have originated at the dawn of life.

How a Mars Sample Return Mission Can Go Electric
Topic: Mars
A hybrid electric mission to Mars could harness the power of sunlight to save on cost, fuel and time to recover samples from the Red Planet.

A Curiosity Photo Gallery
Topic: Mars
Astrobiology Magazine looks at the first images of the Curiosity rover at Mars, and the reasons that the MSL team are so excited about what they're seeing.

Curiosity is on Mars
Topic: Mars
Curiosity has successfully touched down on Mars. Several minutes later, amidst the cheers and high-fives at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, the rover’s first image was received on Earth.

The Least Crazy Option
Topic: Mars
Curiosity is scheduled to touch down on the martian surface at around 10:30 pm PDT on Sunday, August 5. Landing on Mars is an immense challenge, and in order to get to the surface, Curiosity will be using new technologies, like the "sky crane" system, for the first time.

Curiosity’s Search for Organics
Topic: Mars
Soon the rover Curiosity will land on Mars. By design it won’t involve life-detection, but it was assembled to look for the carbon-based building blocks of Martian life and to explore the possible habitats where life might once have existed.

Can Astronomers Detect Exoplanet Oceans?
Topic: Alien Life
Detecting water on the surface of exoplanets is becoming a high priority for researchers, as surface water is considered a requirement for habitability. New research examines whether or not the “glint” of light from a planet can be interpreted as evidence for surface oceans.

Getting a Feel for the Terrain
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
A team is developing a rover-based computer system that can identify geologically relevant elements in a camera scene.
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