sep 122013
 
Could Panspermia be Possible?

  It sounds like science fiction, but the theory of panspermia, in which life can naturally transfer between planets, is considered a serious hypothesis by planetary scientists. The suggestion that life did not originate on Earth but came from elsewhere in the Universe (for instance, Mars), is one possible variant of panspermia. Planets and moons [continue reading]

aug 292013
 
Are We All Martians?

  New research supports theory that life started on Mars   New evidence has emerged which supports the long-debated theory that life on Earth may have started on Mars. Professor Steven Benner will tell geochemists gathering today (Thursday 29 Aug) at the annual Goldschmidt Conference that an oxidized mineral form of the element molybdenum, which may have [continue reading]

aug 272013
 
Chelyabinsk Meteorite had Previous Collision or Near Miss

  The Chelyabinsk meteorite either collided with another body in the Solar System or came too close to the Sun before it fell to Earth, according to research announced today (Tuesday 27th August) at the Goldschmidt conference in Florence. A fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteorite, showing the fusion crust — the result of a previous [continue reading]

mei 112013
 
Where on Earth Did the Moon’s Water Come From?

  Water is perhaps the most important molecule in our Solar System. Figuring out where it came from and how it was distributed within and among the planets can help scientists understand how planets formed and evolved. New research from a team including Carnegie’s Erik Hauri demonstrates that water from the interiors of the Earth [continue reading]

apr 062013
 
The Power Behind Primordial Soup Discovered

  Researchers at the University of Leeds may have solved a key puzzle about how objects from space could have kindled life on Earth. An artists impression of a meteorite landing in a hot, acidic pool of liquids. Image Credit: James McKay 2013 (www.jamesmckay.info) While it is generally accepted that some important ingredients for life came from [continue reading]

mrt 262013
 
The Moon and Vesta Share the Same Cosmic History

  The asteroid Vesta, and perhaps other large asteroids, have more in common with Earth’s Moon than previously thought, according to a team of researchers from the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI). Both Vesta and the Moon appear to have been bombarded by the same population of high-speed projectiles four billion years ago. Scientists have [continue reading]