Extraterrestrial Life

Why the Alien From Life Should Actually Scare You

Daniel Espinosa’s highly anticipated sci-fi thriller, <i>Life</i>, isn’t just 2017's answer to <i>Alien</i>—it’s much scarier. Unlike most movies in the genre, <i>Life</i> …

Science Fiction

Process Behind Martian Streaks Continues To Puzzle

It’s a well-documented fact that roughly 4 billion years ago, Mars had liquid water flowing on its surface. However, there have also been recent …

Astronomy

Europa: Our best shot at finding alien life?

<b>After two decades of development and "heartbreak", scientists are on the verge of sending missions to explore the ocean world of Europa. Could this be our best shot at finding life elsewhere in the Solar System?</b><p>Orbiting the giant planet Jupiter is an icy world, just a little smaller than Earth's …

Aliens

Which planet would you visit in our solar system?

What would it be like to stand on another planet? Would it even be possible to land on Jupiter? Suspend reality as we take you for a quick, highly …

Astronomy

Life could be hitching rides on meteorites to travel between three Earth-like planets 39 million light years away

When NASA announced in February that not one, but seven Earth-like planets had been discovered in a solar system called Trappist-1, 39 light years away, the eyes of astronomers (and amateur space enthusiasts) lit up at the new possibility of finding life outside Earth.<p>All of the Trappist-1 system …

Astronomy

Why Are Martian Volcanoes So Different From Earth's?

Just this week, NASA announced that it had discovered one of the youngest, possibly <i>the</i> youngest major volcano on Mars to date.<p>Arsia Mons – a gigantic, 110-kilometer-long (68-mile-long) caldera, which is also more than twice the height of Everest – had been known about before, but new satellite …

Geology

Dinosaur crater's clue to origin of life

Science editor, BBC News website, The Woodlands, Texas<p><b>The crater made by the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs is revealing clues to the origins of life on Earth.</b><p>Scientists have drilled into the 200km-wide Chicxulub crater now buried under the Gulf of Mexico.<p>They say its rocks show evidence of …

Earth Science

Comet 67P: Rosetta Images Reveal Tumbling Rocks, Collapsing Cliffs And Widening Cracks

Humankind’s brief tryst with 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko ended in September when the European Space Agency (ESA) bid adieu to its Rosetta spacecraft, …

Astronomy

'You could send congress to space,' says Ted Cruz but, alas, Donald Trump declines

Some scientists' wishes are coming true, but not all of them. US President Trump is backing NASA on deep space missions to Mars. But he says he's not up for it himself. In any case, life on Mars is so far off.<p>It was a light moment after a few nervous months in the science community, but one that …

It's Our Solar System in Miniature, But Could TRAPPIST-1 Host Another Earth?

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Astronomy

Should we call out to space aliens?

<i>This is the first in a three-part series on the search for extraterrestrial life.</i><p>Ever been to a party and wondered why no one was talking to you? …

Astronomy

A NASA Spacecraft Might Bounce, Crunch or Sink on Europa

Sometime in the early 2030s, NASA hopes to attempt a landing on Jupiter’s moon Europa. A four-legged spacecraft would descend towards the icy …

Aliens

Aliens On Other Planets: Look For These 4 Signs Of Extraterrestrial Life Forms, Scientists Say

Searching for life on other planets is a complicated science. It’s not like a NASA probe is going to take a photo of another planet’s surface and see …

Aliens

Could we kick-start life on other planets?

Can life be transplanted to planets outside our solar system that are not permanently inhabitable? This is the question with which Professor Dr. …

Aliens

Are Aliens Real? Researchers Discover Life Forms Can Travel Across Planets In ‘Goldilocks Zone’

Intelligent life forms may be able to travel across three reportedly habitable planets in a "Goldilocks zone" orbiting a newly discovered dwarf star, …

Astronomy

Saturn's moon Titan may have fizzy lakes

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is not only one of the oddest bodies in the Solar System, but may also be the fizziest. Through laboratory experiments …

Aliens

New NASA Budget Shifts Focus from Climate Science to Space Exploration

8<p>Shares 8<p>LISTEN TO TLR’S LATEST PODCAST:<p>by <b>Micah J. Fleck</b><p>Under the Trump administration, which rejects the concept of climate change as being real, …

Space Exploration

Venus Exploration: Venera-D Scientific Missions Discussed By Russia, US Scientists

At a three-day meeting in Moscow, from March 14-16, scientists from Russia and the United States discussed the scientific objectives of the next …

Russia

Martian Meteorite That Sparked 'Primitive Life' Claim Gets a New Look

Could a controversial meteorite help scientists better understand how habitable Mars was in the ancient past? New studies of Allan Hills 84001 — a …

Aliens

Here's How Scientists Will Send JUICE to Jupiter

The European Space Agency will launch a spacecraft to Jupiter in 2022, and it will reach the gas giant seven years later. But before that, the …

Aliens

NASA Tests Life-Detecting Mars Rover Tech in Brutal Chilean Desert

The Atacama Desert in Chile is known for being home to several astronomical observatories. The region's high altitude and scarce rainfall provides …

Space Exploration

KQED

Despite ongoing political tensions between the United States and Russia, the stage is set for a new collaboration between the two countries’ space …

Aliens

The Planets We Were Looking For: NASA Officially Searching For Star Wars Themed Planets

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story not only grossing $1.000 Mio worldwide but also being on many people’s mind, does it really surprise us that even …

Star Wars

We Found New Planets. No, You Can't Live There

Everyone is freaking out about the discovery of 7 new potentially-habitable exoplanets, but is Trappist-1 really as good as it sounds?

Astronomy

ESA's Trace Gas Orbiter Completes Science Calibration Tests

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced Thursday that its ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) had completed another important set of science …

Aliens

Proxima b and the worlds around TRAPPIST-1 might be habitable, after all

Have you heard that life is unlikely around low-mass, red dwarf stars? It might be time to rethink that flawed conclusion.<p><i>“Laws of nature mixed with</i> …

Astronomy

Enceladus's Buried Ocean Is Just Beneath the Surface

The ocean beneath the icy shell of Saturn's moon Enceladus rises nearly to the surface in some places, a new study suggests.<p>Measurements by NASA's …

Astronomy

First Contact With Extraterrestrials Might Be a Very Good Thing

The Debate<p>When many people look at the stars, they see a vast, unbound infinity that fills them with a feeling that’s difficult to describe but …

The Case for Going to Venus

David Grinspoon looked as if someone had died. It was January 2017, and the astrobiologist had just received bad news.<p>NASA had recently announced the …

Aliens

Can a Mission to Venus Save America and Russia’s Space Romance?

America’s and Russia’s partnership in space travel and exploration has severely deteriorated over the last decade, and the only thing that may be …

Russia