Feature Stories

  • Taking the Ocean´s Pulse
    Scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute recently tested a new device, the Environmental Sample Processor, designed to probe the the ocean depths. Astrobiology Magazine Field Research Editor Henry Bortman joined them on a day-long voyage and filed this report on their progress.
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  • Taking the Ocean´s Pulse
    Scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute recently tested a new device, the Environmental Sample Processor, designed to probe the the ocean depths. Astrobiology Magazine Field Research Editor Henry Bortman joined them on a day-long voyage and filed this report on their progress.
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  • Science vs. Exploration: A Piggyback Solution?
    Which is a better investment, science or exploration? The question is almost as old as the space program itself, and answering it won´t get any easier as humans move toward establishing a lunar base. But could science be an inevitable outgrowth of exploration?
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  • Earth's Hazy Past
    Recent experiments suggest that early Earth may have been covered by a haze similar to Titan.
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  • Earth’s Hazy Past
    Recent experiments suggest that early Earth may have been covered by a haze similar to Titan.
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  • Looking for Microbial Martians
    A miniature detector, 1 million times more sensitive than the ones carried by Viking, will search for amino acids on Mars. The detector will be sent to Mars aboard the European Space Agency´s ExoMars spacecraft, scheduled for a 2013 launch.
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  • Checking Out the Stellar Neighborhood
    A recent study found 20 new star systems in the sun´s local neighborhood. Most of the new discoveries are red dwarfs, much smaller and dimmer than the sun. Yet scientists are growing more confident that these stars could host habitable planets.
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  • Astrobiology Magazine, European Edition
    Dive into the pages of the new Astrobiology Magazine, European Edition. This new magazine highlights the contributions European scientists make to astrobiology.
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  • A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Astrobiology
    You're an astrobiologist standing in the centre of a vast, empty expanse of rock and dust pockmarked with impact craters. In order to accomplish your task, you've packed an entire suitcase. The question is what did you bring?
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  • A Hitchhiker's Guide to Astrobiology
    You're an astrobiologist standing in the centre of a vast, empty expanse of rock and dust pockmarked with impact craters. In order to accomplish your task, you've packed an entire suitcase. The question is what did you bring?
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