In our continuing fascination for Mars and its past habitable potential, scientists are now focusing on a possible red planet oasis where liquid water may have been stored underground and heated by a volcano. Continue reading →
In experiments on terrestrial methane-producing microorganisms, researchers have found that they can survive Mars-like temperature extremes. Continue reading →
The space station is about to get many, many new visitors onboard. These unlikely space travelers won't have their names in the history books, though they have come from somewhere near you. Maybe even from on you. Continue reading →
The site where NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity landed last year contains at least one lake that would have been perfectly suited for colonies of simple, rock-eating microbes found in caves and hydrothermal vents on Earth.
To avoid contaminating Mars with microbes from Earth, space agencies go through great expense to sanitize missions to Mars -- why bother? Continue reading →
Forget hunting for organic chemistry inside rocks on Mars or complex organisms in Europa's sub-surface oceans, the Cosmos has just FedEx'd some extraterrestrials direct to our door! Or not. ->
Fossilized alien microbes have been discovered in a sample extracted from a meteorite, according to research carried out by a NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center astrobiologist.