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Rosetta Spacecraft Waking Up for Final Leg of Comet Landing
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
01/20/14
Rosetta will be the first to orbit and land a probe on a comet.

'Super-Earths' May Have Oceans & Continents
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
01/19/14
A new model suggests that large exoplanets may have both oceans and exposed continents -- conditions that could lead to an Earth-like stable climate.

Lichen on Mars
Topic: Extreme Life
01/16/14
Astrobiology's study of life in the universe has much to say about how humans live sustainably on Earth.

Mapping Amino Acids to Understand Life's Origins
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
01/13/14
New research uses computer models to construct a large database of amino acids that life could have used, revealing thousands of possible amino acid structures.

Does a Planet Need Life to Create Continents?
Topic: Geology
01/06/14
Earth may not have possessed the continents it does now if not for life, instead becoming a planet covered nearly entirely in ocean.

Curious Results from Mars
Topic: Mars
12/23/13
A recent set of publications highlight findings from NASA’s Curiosity rover during its first four months on Mars. The studies provide new insight into the origin of water trapped in Mars soil, and the history of the martian environment at Curiosity’s landing site in Gale Crater.

Brightest Bird in the Sky: The RAVAN Satellite Set to Fly
Topic: Missions
12/22/13
The RAVAN project aims to launch small satellites in order to develop a dynamic 3D model of Earth’s global temperatures.

Using an Atmosphere to Weigh a Planet
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
12/19/13
A new study finds that the mass of an exoplanet can be determined solely by looking at the starlight that passes through the planet’s atmosphere.

Gaia Mission Could Help Map Exoplanets
Topic: Missions
12/18/13
The Gaia spacecraft, scheduled for launch on December 19, could be a bonanza for discovering exoplanets.

Organics Preserved in Ancient Meteorite-Formed Glass
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
12/16/13
Scientists have found organics from Earth's swamp trapped inside glass that had been created by a meteor impact almost a million years ago.
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