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Mars rover Curiosity has forced the robot to switch to a backup computer while engineers try to resolve the problem. Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "We have probably several days, maybe a week of activities to get everything back and
Enrico Fermi's much ballyhooed paradox the aging saw that If E.T...Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) researchers since their first radio searches began more than a half century ago...In this age of planetary plenty, when by some estimates
Add another word to your vocabulary of Martian geological exploration: thwackingrepeat, not fracking, but thwacking!...On February 8th, the rover Curiosity (of the Mars Science Laboratory mission) used its drill to bore a hole (maybe more correctly,
Cold War-era aggression, or so goes one of the various conspiracy theories surrounding the Earth's most recent and noteworthy encounter with an extraterrestrial object.
To scientists' excitement, the Curiosity rover has completed its first drilling on Mars and is preparing to analyze a pinch of powdery rock. Images beamed back to Earth overnight showed a fresh drill hole next to a test hole the rover made earlier.
Jill Tarter, the conclusion of this first attempt is blunt: "No signals of extraterrestrial origin were found," Discovery News reported. With the help of the Kepler space telescope, Tarter and her team were able to identify which stars in Kepler's
A variety of organisms seem to be able to thrive under harsh conditions that are similar to extra-terrestrial places elsewhere in our solar system. So finding these extremophiles could point us towards good places to find alien life forms on other
ments Earth-like planets next door? Prospect could point to 9.6 billion more A new study calculates that the nearest Earth-like planet may be only 13 light-years away and argues there may be more habitable planets out there than we thought. By Pete
The nearest habitable, Earth-sized planet could be just 13 light-years away, research suggests...Study co-author David Charbonneau of Harvard University said the findings had implications for the search for life elsewhere. "We now know the rate of
Courtney Dressing, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Kepler has detected 2,740 exoplanet candidates since its March 2009 launch. Follow-up observations have confirmed only 105 of these possibilities to date, but mission scientists