Atacama Desert

March 21, 2019

Who’s Out There-Anyone? A Review

The March 2019 National Geographic magazine published an illustrated article called “Who’s Out There?” The author Jamie Shreeve suggests that “new discoveries” indicate that there is someone. The […]
November 19, 2018

Who’s Out There?—Water-Sensitive Critters?

Salty water on Mars could contain dissolved oxygen, says Katherine Kornei at EOS.org 11/2/18.It might be in Gale Crater, Curiosity’s landing site. The salty watermight be […]
November 10, 2017

Weird Science Experiments Launching to Space Station Early Saturday: Watch Live

A Cygnus cargo spacecraft will blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) this Saturday (Nov. 11) to deliver supplies and some fascinating science experiments to […]
July 8, 2016

THIS COULD BE THE STRANGEST EXOPLANET FOUND YET

Imagine a planet, like Jupiter, but four times heavier. And it’s got a huge orbit, maybe twice as wide as Pluto’s. Oh, and it has three […]
March 15, 2016

European Space Agency’s ExoMars successfully starts its journey to the red planet

The first phase of ExoMars, an uncrewed Mars mission from the European Space Agency (ESA), successfully launched today from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Lifting off on a Russian […]
February 11, 2016

NASA to Decide Fate of Troubled Mars Lander Next Month

NASA will decide soon whether a Mars lander that was supposed to launch next month will ever get off the ground. NASA announced in December that […]
November 16, 2015

construction begins on the giant magellan telescope

You can get a great view of the stars in the Atacama Desert in Chile. There’s seldom a rain cloud in the sky (it’s one of […]
July 1, 2013

NASA begins testing drilling Mars rover in Chilean desert

NASA this month began testing a prototype robot in the Chilean desert, as part of the agency’s ongoing search for evidence of life on Mars. The prototype, known […]
May 1, 2013

Teensy alien-looking skeleton from Chile poses a medical mystery

A teensy skeleton with a squashed alienlike head may have earthly origins — but the remains, found in Chile‘s Atacama Desert a decade ago, do make for […]