• Preparing for future human exploration, NASA’s next rover mission to Mars includes the SwRI-built Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD), one of 10 instruments that will assess past and present habitability of the Red Planet. Credit: Southwest Research Institute:

  • Did climate change or humans cause the extinctions of the large-bodied Ice Age mammals (commonly called megafauna) such as the woolly rhinoceros and woolly mammoth? Credit: Texas A&M

  • Scientists have discovered a fish that uses tools. The orange-dotted tuskfish was caught on film using a clam to crush a rock.

  • NPR requested from NASA this 1980s-era video with commentary by astronauts of various missions. The footage, which we edited, arrived on VHS. We don’t know much about it, except that it’s playful in tone, so we decided to have some fun with it, too. Here’s an “instructional video” on survival in space, in case we ever decide to resurrect the program. Credit: Emily Bogle & Mito Habe-Evans/NPR

  • New research shows that the Moon has much more water than previously thought. The discovery was published May 26 in Science Express. Read the press release, The Moon is Looking Younger, at: http://www.astrobio.net/pressrelease/4159/the-moon-is-looking-younger

  • SmartBird is an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility. The unique robot has helped scientists decipher the flight of birds. Credit: Festo

  • A collection of videos concerning astrobiology science and missions from a variety of online sources. Credit: Cal Tech, Reference: “Neural Network Computation with DNA Strand Displacement Cascades”, Lulu Qian and Erik Winfree and Jehoshua Bruck, Nature, July 21, 2011

  • A collection of videos concerning astrobiology science and missions from a variety of online sources. Credit: Cal Tech, Reference: “Neural Network Computation with DNA Strand Displacement Cascades”, Lulu Qian and Erik Winfree and Jehoshua Bruck, Nature, July 21, 2011

  • Scientists have taken a big step in determining what the first birds looked like more than 100 million years ago. Stanford News Service

  • A team of researchers has managed to capture antimatter for more than 16 minutes. Soon, they hope to be able to perform spectroscopic experiments on the antihydrogen atoms.

  • Fans of Jonathan Coulton’s music might want to check out a video inspired by the song, I’m Your Moon.

  • A new, free film called "First Orbit" shows a real-time recreation of Yuri Gagarin´s pioneering first orbit of the Earth. The film was created using footage from the International Space Station, Gagarin´s original mission audio and a new musical score by composer Philip Sheppard. For more information about the movie see the First Orbit website.

  • ASU’s Meenakshi “Mini” Wadhwa, director of the Center for Meteorite Studies at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, talks about why she has spent her career investigating meteorites.

  • Ever wondered what life would be like without the Moon? This video was inspired by the BBC’s documentary film “If we had no Moon” and set to music composed by Christine Lavin. By Christine Lavin; Video by Vu Trong Thu

  • Outside In is a non-profit giant-screen art film that takes audiences on a journey of the mind, heart and spirit from the big bang to the near future via the Cassini-Huygens Mission at Saturn. The goal is to screen this non-narrative documentary with a synchronized light show to audiences in planetariums, museums, galleries and limited IMAX release.