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History of Astrobiology. Read about Life in Early Solar System, Life’s Building Blocks Form In Replicated Deep Sea Vents, Hunt for 9th Planet Revealing Extremely Distant Solar System Objects, Three Potentially Habitable Worlds Found Around Nearby Ultracool Dwarf Star, Is Enceladus’ Ocean friendly to life and more.

  • Images of Mars taken from orbiting spacecraft suggest water may periodically appear on the planet´s surface. Over 100 years ago, Percival Lowell thought the "canals" on Mars were evidence of global engineering by an advanced race of Martians.
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  • The countdown for the launch of the final Space Shuttle mission begins tomorrow. This retrospective essay provides a personal view of Shuttle´s first launch -- STS-1 -- over thirty years ago.
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  • This year, NASA will launch its final Space Shuttle missions. The development of the Shuttle had sprung from the supersonic rocket planes of Chuck Yeager, and was an answer to the question: what is the best way to send man into space?
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  • This year, NASA will launch its final Space Shuttle missions. The development of the Shuttle had sprung from the supersonic rocket planes of Chuck Yeager, and was an answer to the question: what is the best way to send man into space?
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  • The Catholic Church and scientists have a history of clashing, but according to Vatican astronomers, some of the stories of Church persecution are distortions of the truth – more gossip than Gospel.
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  • Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2010. The top story of the year was NASA's announcement of a bacterium that appears able to use arsenic instead of phosphorus in its DNA. The discovery may change the definition of life on Earth, and
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  • Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2010. At number 2 is the discovery of a planet with three times the mass of Earth orbiting in its star's "habitable zone." Following the announcement, doubts were raised about whether the new planet really exists.
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  • Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2010. At number 3, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirms that the Hayabusa spacecraft has successfully returned samples from the asteroid Itokawa. (Originally published 11/21/2010)
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  • Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2010. At number 3, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirms that the Hayabusa spacecraft has successfully returned samples from the asteroid Itokawa. (Originally published 11/21/2010)
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  • Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2010. At number 4 is the flyby of comet Hartley 2 by NASA's EPOXI spacecraft. The images it captured show a peanut-shaped nucleus with many jets of gas spewing from its surface. (Originally published 11/05/2010
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