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AMASE 2009 Expedition Takes Off
Topic: Missions
The Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition (AMASE) 2009 is now underway in Svalbard, Norway. AMASE has established Svalbard as a test bed for life-detection technology that will be used on future NASA and ESA 'Search for Life' mission to Mars.

Spinning Now Helps Standing Later
Topic: Missions
Long-duration travel in space has many ill-effects for humans, including muscle and bone loss. Some scientists believe that astronauts on a mission to Mars could suffer loss of muscle so severe that they would be unable to walk upon their return to Earth. However, new research may provide a solution that will keep future explorers safe and healthy.

Lead Astrobiology Civil Servant position now available
Topic: Missions
James L. Green, Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA, has announced that applications are now being accepted for the position of senior Program Scientist for Astrobiology.

Looking for Earths in All the Right Places
Topic: Missions
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is the data archive center for NASA's Kepler mission, and has now received the first raw science data from Kepler. Now, the data can be analyzed and used to search for Earth-like worlds around distant stars.

Welcome to the New Astrobiology Magazine!
Topic: Missions
Is there life on other planets? What are the latest findings on Mars? Astrobiology Magazine has been reporting the latest and most exciting developments in science related to astrobiology since 2000. To provide the best experience for our viewers, we have designed a completely new version of Astrobiology Magazine.

Probing Antarctica´s Lake Bonney
Topic: Missions
In a project designed to help NASA plan for a future mission to explore Jupiter´s moon Europa, researchers have begun testing an autonomous underwater vehicle, known as ENDURANCE, in the ice-covered waters of Antarctica´s Lake Bonney. The biggest problem they´ve run into so far? Bubbles.

Europe's New Eyes in Orbit
Topic: Missions
The European Space Agency has successfully launched two new observatories. The Herschel and Planck missions are now set to conduct a number of scientific studies important to astrobiology, including the study of objects in our solar system's Kuiper belt and the search for water in remote areas of the Universe.

Destination: Ceres!
Topic: Missions
Plans are being drawn up for a low-cost mission to land on the dwarf planet Ceres. Known as the Ceres Polar Lander, it would examine polar regions and search for alien organisms.

Keck Compliments Kepler
Topic: Missions
With the successful launch of NASA's Kepler mission, astronomers will now use the powerful instrument alongside Hawaii's W. M. Keck telescopes to increase their chances of finding planets beyond our solar system. Together, the two sets of telescopes will examine new planets to determine whether or not they are habitable.

Counting on Kepler
Topic: Missions
NASA's Kepler spacecraft is scheduled to launch in early March. In orbit, the powerful telescope will search for Earth-like planets around distant, sun-like stars. The mission will help researchers determine if habitable planets are common or rare in the Universe.

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