mei 162013
 
Billion-Year-Old Water Could Hold Clues to Life on Mars

  A UK-Canadian team of scientists has discovered ancient pockets of water on Earth, which have been isolated deep underground for billions of years and contain abundant chemicals known to support life. Water filtering out of the floor of a deep Ontario mine has been trapped underground for more than a billion years. It bubbles [continue reading]

mrt 132013
 
Conditions on Mars Once Favorable for Life

  An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.   Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — some of the key chemical ingredients for life — in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed [continue reading]

aug 122012
 
Searching for Answers About Life on Earth and Mars

  Wichita State University associate professor Mark Schneegurt recently had a paper published in the journal “Astrobiology” which focused on bacteria that live in environments that are salty, but not with sodium chloride – the kind of salt we’re used to on Earth. It has to do with magnesium sulfate, also known as Epsom salt.    [continue reading]

jun 302012
 
Evidence of life on Mars could come from Phobos

  A mission to a Martian moon could return with alien life, according to experts at Purdue University, but don’t expect the invasion scenario presented by summer blockbusters like “Men in Black 3” or “Prometheus.” The image shows the orbits of the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos and the spread of potential particle trajectories from [continue reading]

apr 162012
 
Meteorite, Comet and Asteroid Impacts Could be Boon for Life

A drilling project into the Chesapeake Bay impact crater has found evidence that the subsurface may become more habitable after a large impact. An incoming asteroid is trouble whether you’re a dinosaur or a Bruce Willis fan. But microbes living deep underground may actually welcome the news, according to a recent study of an ancient [continue reading]

apr 132012
 
Mars Viking Robots ‘Found Life’

In 1976, the National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA) launched the Viking program, sending space probes to Mars to determine whether there was life on the red planet. Thirty-six years later the debate about life on Mars is not over, but research conducted in part at the University of Southern California (USC) offers more proof that [continue reading]