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Are we prepared for a new era of field geology on the moon and beyond?
Space agencies must invest more resources on field geology training of astronauts to take full advantage of scientific opportunities on the moon and other planetary bodies, Kip Hodges and Harrison Schmitt urge, in an Editorial. (2019-09-11)
Microbiology: Atacama Desert microbes may hold clues to life on Mars
Microbial life on Mars may potentially be transported across the planet on dust particles carried by wind, according to a study conducted in the Atacama Desert in North Chile, a well-known Mars analogue. (2019-08-22)
Weather on ancient Mars: Warm with occasional rain, turning cold
A new study of conditions on Mars indicates that the climate 3 to 4 billion years ago was warm enough to provoke substantial rainstorms and flowing water, followed by a longer cold period where the water froze. (2019-08-19)
Microgravity changes brain connectivity
An international team of Russian and Belgian researchers, including scientists from HSE University, has found out that space travel has a significant impact on the brain: they discovered that cosmonauts demonstrate changes in brain connectivity related to perception and movement. (2019-08-19)
Methane not released by wind on Mars, experts find
New study rules out wind erosion as the source of methane gas on Mars and moves a step closer to answering the question of whether life exists on other planets. (2019-08-12)
For salmonella detection, genomic tool emerges as a key
The world's food supply will become safer as the food industry shifts to high-resolution, whole-genome sequencing -- which examines the full DNA of a given organism all at once. (2019-07-26)
Red wine's resveratrol could help Mars explorers stay strong, says Harvard study
Mars is about 9 months from Earth with today's tech, NASA reckons. (2019-07-18)
Drinking red wine on the red planet
BIDMC researchers report that a daily moderate dose of resveratrol significantly preserved muscle function and mitigated muscle atrophy in an animal model mimicking Mars' partial gravity. (2019-07-18)
A material way to make Mars habitable
New research suggest that regions of the Martian surface could be made habitable with a material -- silica aerogel -- that mimics Earth's atmospheric greenhouse effect. (2019-07-15)
Super salty, subzero Arctic water provides peek at possible life on other planets
A UW team has discovered thriving communities of bacteria in Alaskan 'cryopegs,' trapped layers of sediment with water so salty that it remains liquid at below-freezing temperatures. (2019-07-12)
Methane vanishing on Mars: Danish researchers propose new mechanism as an explanation.
Wind-driven erosion of minerals on Mars may be the reason why methane disappears so rapidly on the red planet. (2019-07-02)
Santorini volcano, a new terrestrial analogue of Mars
One of the great attractions of the island of Santorini, in Greece, lies in its spectacular volcanic landscape, which also contains places similar to those of Mars. (2019-06-25)
Experiments with salt-tolerant bacteria in brine have implications for life on Mars
Salt-tolerant bacteria grown in brine were able to revive after the brine was put through a cycle of drying and rewetting. (2019-06-21)
Meteors help Martian clouds form
Researchers think they've solved the long-standing mystery of how Mars got all of its clouds. (2019-06-17)
NASA scientists find sun's history buried in moon's crust
The Sun's rotation rate in its first billion years is unknown. (2019-06-17)
'Fettuccine' may be most obvious sign of life on Mars, researchers report
A rover scanning the surface of Mars for evidence of life might want to check for rocks that look like pasta, researchers report in the journal Astrobiology. (2019-05-29)
Comet inspires chemistry for making breathable oxygen on Mars
Caltech researchers discover a process that turns carbon dioxide into molecular oxygen. (2019-05-28)
On Mars, sands shift to a different drum
In the most detailed analysis of how sands move around on Mars, a team of planetary scientists led by the UA found that processes not involved in controlling sand movement on Earth play major roles on Mars. (2019-05-23)
Massive Martian ice discovery opens a window into red planet's history
Newly discovered layers of ice buried a mile beneath Mars' north pole are the remnants of ancient polar ice sheets and could be one of the largest water reservoirs on the planet, according to scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Arizona. (2019-05-22)
Strange Martian mineral deposit likely sourced from volcanic explosions
In a finding that is soon to be ground-truthed by NASA's next Mars rover, Brown University researchers show that a Martian mineral deposit was likely formed by ashfall from ancient volcanic explosions. (2019-05-22)
Sedimentary, dear Johnson: Is NASA looking at the wrong rocks for clues to Martian life?
In 2020, NASA and European-Russian missions will look for evidence of past life on Mars. (2019-05-17)
How the Sun pumps out water from Mars into space
The study of a new water-cycle in the Martian summertime offers clues as to why Mars is a dusty barren land. (2019-05-14)
Magma is the key to the moon's makeup
For more than a century, scientists have squabbled over how the Earth's moon formed. (2019-04-29)
NASA Twins Study offers new insight on how a human's body responds to spaceflight
Colorado State University Professor Susan Bailey, who studies telomeres, or the protective 'caps' on the ends of chromosomes, found that Scott Kelly's telomeres in his white blood cells got longer while in space. (2019-04-11)
NASA Twins Study finds spaceflight affects gut bacteria
During his yearlong stay on the International Space Station (ISS), astronaut Scott Kelly experienced a shift in the ratio of two major categories of bacteria in his gut microbiome. (2019-04-11)
Life on Mars?
Researchers from Hungary have discovered embedded organic material in a Martian meteorite found in the late 1970s. (2019-04-04)
URI researcher calculates temperature inside moon to help reveal its inner structure
Little is known about the inner structure of the Moon, but a major step forward was made by a URI scientist who conducted experiments that enabled her to determine the temperature at the boundary of the Moon's core and mantle. (2019-04-01)
UAlberta leads urgent call for sample rocks from Mars
In order to answer our most pressing questions about Mars, scientists need samples collected from the planet's surface and returned to Earth for examination. (2019-03-28)
New evidence of deep groundwater on Mars
Researchers at the USC Arid Climate and Water Research Center (AWARE) have published a study that suggests deep groundwater could still be active on Mars and could originate surface streams in some near-equatorial areas on Mars. (2019-03-28)
Mars' rivers flowed stronger and more recently than previous estimates
A global survey of Mars by Edwin Kite and colleagues concludes that for a given area, the planet's rivers were wider than those on Earth today. (2019-03-27)
Rivers raged on Mars late into its history
A new study by University of Chicago scientists catalogued these rivers to conclude that significant river runoff persisted on Mars later into its history than previously thought. (2019-03-27)
Scientists turn back evolutionary clock to develop high-CO2-tolerant microalgae
A team of scientists led by Prof. XU Jian from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Prof. (2019-03-24)
Superbugs have colonized the International Space Station -- but there's a silver lining
Researchers have taken another small step towards deep space exploration, by testing a new silver- and ruthenium-based antimicrobial coating aboard the International Space Station (ISS). (2019-03-19)
Trembling aspen leaves could save future Mars rovers
Researchers at the University of Warwick have been inspired by the unique movement of trembling aspen leaves, to devise an energy harvesting mechanism that could power weather sensors in hostile environments and could even be a back-up energy supply that could save and extend the life of future Mars rovers. (2019-03-18)
Dormant viruses activate during spaceflight -- NASA investigates
Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, according to NASA research published in Frontiers in Microbiology. (2019-03-15)
Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS returns spectacular images
Three years ago, on March 14 2016, the Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS started its journey to Mars with the 'ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter' spacecraft. (2019-03-14)
Researchers outline goals for collecting and studying samples from Mars
A new paper published in Meteoritics & Planetary Science describes the results of a major collaboration among 71 scientists from throughout the international science community to define specific scientific objectives for a Mars Sample Return campaign, to describe the critical measurements that would need to be done on returned samples to address the objectives, and to identify the kinds of samples that would be most likely to carry the key information. (2019-03-06)
Scientists tackle major challenges to sending astronauts to search for life on Mars
An international team of researchers, which includes scientists from McMaster's School of Geography & Earth Sciences, NASA, and others, is tackling one of the biggest problems of space travel to Mars: what happens when we get there? (2019-03-06)
Simulated extravehicular activity science operations for Mars exploration
A new study describes the Science Operations component and new results from NASA's Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT). (2019-03-06)
Clues to Martian life found in Chilean desert
A robotic rover deployed in the most Mars-like environment on Earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile, has successfully recovered subsurface soil samples during a trial mission to find signs of life. (2019-02-28)
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