Feature Stories

  • Looking at Life in Lyon
    In October, the sixth workshop of the European Astrobiology Network Association was held in Lyon, France. Scientists from around the world gathered to discuss topics such as interstellar chemistry, the origin of life, and the search for life in the solar system.
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  • The Astrobiology Connection
    Welcome to Radio Astrobiology, the podcast of Astrobiology Magazine. Join us as David Grinspoon investigates a mystery at the bottom of the Earth, and explains what it might mean for the possibility for life elsewhere in the solar system.
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  • Martian Poles in the Swiss Alps
    A conference on Mars Polar Science recently met in Davos, Switzerland. By studying the poles, scientists are learning about the history of water on the planet, and how that has affected Mars' potential for life.
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  • How Safe is Travel to Mars?
    A "worst-case" analysis shows that during a trip to and from Mars, astronauts would be exposed to levels of deadly radiation that are considered unacceptable by today´s standards. The danger arises from galactic cosmic radiation and the rare but dangerous storms of protons from the
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  • Mars: Time for a New Chronology?
    Mars Express has provided the most detailed map to date of Mars´ mineralogy and has answered some longstanding questions. Based on this new information, a group of European scientists has proposed new names for the planet´s geologic eras. But not everyone agrees with the need
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  • ESA's Astrolab Mission: Making Space a Safer Place
    European astronaut Thomas Reiter recently began Europe´s first long-duration human mission on the International Space Station. Over a period of several months, Reiter will conduct experiments to assess the effect on the human body of long-term exposure to the high-radiation and microgravity environment of space.
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  • ESA’s Astrolab Mission: Making Space a Safer Place
    European astronaut Thomas Reiter recently began Europe´s first long-duration human mission on the International Space Station. Over a period of several months, Reiter will conduct experiments to assess the effect on the human body of long-term exposure to the high-radiation and microgravity environment of space.
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  • Saturn’s Methane Moon
    Scientists knew Saturn's giant moon Titan would be interesting, perhaps containing organic compounds that are the building blocks of life. But the discovery of methane lakes and a "methanosphere" raises a question: is a frozen moon orbiting a giant gas planet Earth's closest analog in
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  • Saturn's Methane Moon
    Scientists knew Saturn's giant moon Titan would be interesting, perhaps containing organic compounds that are the building blocks of life. But the discovery of methane lakes and a "methanosphere" raises a question: is a frozen moon orbiting a giant gas planet Earth's closest analog in
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  • Linking the Earth to the Moon
    Apollo turned our distant moon into the very edge of the human frontier, and rocks collected during that mission helped reveal the moon's evolutionary history. In this essay, Bernard Foing describes current scientific research that continues to teach us about the history of the
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