Exoplanets: How we’ll search for signs of life

Arizona State University Whether there is life elsewhere in the universe is a question people have pondered for millennia; and within the last few decades, great strides have been made in our search for signs of life outside of our solar system. NASA missions like the space telescope Kepler have helped us document thousands of…

Mars’ water was mineral-rich and salty

New study finds surface waters on early Mars may have been habitable for microbial life Tokyo Institute of Technology Presently, Earth is the only known location where life exists in the Universe. This year the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three astronomers who proved, almost 20 years ago, that planets are common around…

New Organic Compounds Found in Enceladus Ice Grains

From NASA In this image captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in 2007, the plumes of Enceladus are clearly visible. The moon is nearly in front of the Sun from Cassini’s viewpoint. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Full image and caption New kinds of organic compounds, the ingredients of amino acids, have been detected in the plumes bursting from…