People do live outside Earth – on the International Space Station! But humans have had to find a way to make the conditions there more like what we’re used to at home.
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The short answer is yes, but it’s really, really difficult.
Scientists conduct research in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to practice for Mars landings.
To prepare for future Mars missions, scientists collect samples and simulate communications conditions from volcano parks on Earth.
Scale models of rockets at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s booth at the International Astronautical Congress.
The space industry and global interest in all matters inter-planetary is growing.
The south polar cap of Mars is hiding a subsurface lake, according to new research.
Studies from our own planet shed light on whether there could be life in a subglacial lake on Mars.
Kepler 452-b is looking like a good candidate for having evolved life.
NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyl
Life could have evolved on exoplanets Kepler-452b and Kepler-62e, according to a new study.
Following NASA's latest discovery of organic matter on the red planet, new findings in a salt lake in California could point to where to look for alien life.
The Viking landers in the 1970s were the last to look directly for life on Mars.
Planetary protection protocols try to make sure we don't seed places like Mars with life from our planet. An astrobiologist argues they're misguided – especially with human astronauts on the horizon.
Spend many months attached to the ISS and see how well you grow.
If you want to live on Mars, you're going to need to grow food. Seeds are naturally equipped to handle challenging Earth environments, but how well can they survive what they'll encounter off-planet?
Even if alien life is never discovered, all is not lost.
Artist’s impression of Cassini ending its life as a fireball in Saturn’s atmosphere.
Cassini is about to crash into Saturn to avoid contaminating its habitable moon Enceladus.
A likely candidate for life: Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
There has been much excitement this week about the possibility of water -- and life -- on some newly discovered exoplanets. But we can look closer to home for evidence of ET.
Artist’s rendition of one of the billions of rocky exoplanets in our galaxy.
Did life once exist on its surface?
Complex life may be rare in the universe because most planets become either too hot or too cold before life has a chance to get a foothold. This might explain why we have yet to bump into E.T.
Could this ever happen between close planetary neighbours?
New research gives a clue about what happens when there are two habitable worlds in the same solar system.
No green little men as far as the eye can see.
As far as underwhelming headlines go: “No Alien Life Found on Comet” must rank very close to the top. An article with this title appeared in the Guardian on July 6 in response to a story claiming that…
Surprises in the dark.
One of the many unanswered questions about the origin of life on Earth is: where did organic molecules – those containing carbon, from which life as we know it is derived – come from? Given the conditions…
Hydrothermal vents: nurseries for life on Earth?
Scientists have simulated the electrical energy produced in the Earth that may have led to life 3.5 billion years ago. Using…
Funny looking alien.
University of Sheffield
Could life really exist on other planets? The most positive scientific answer we can offer is: well, maybe, but we do not yet have enough evidence for or against. Yet Milton Wainwright and colleagues from…
Earth will be able to support life for at least another 1.75 billion years, according to new research by astrobiologists…
The red planet’s McLaughlin Crater may have contained water sourced from within the ground.
A recent article in Nature Geoscience suggests that at least one large, deep crater on Mars may once have supported an alkaline lake that was fed by water from kilometres below the planet’s surface. This…
Earth’s oceans of liquid water make it unique in the solar system.
Earth is the only planet in our solar system with a long-term, stable supply of liquid water – essential for the formation and evolution of all organic life. But this doesn’t mean there aren’t other pockets…