April 1, 2019

Life on Jupiter’s Moon Europa? Lander Design Team Hopes to Be the Ones to Find It

There’s a stark difference between knowing that the conditions for life exist and actually finding some form of life, and that difference is at the heart […]
February 1, 2019

Ocean Moons, Promising Targets in Search for Life, Could Be Dead Inside

For more than two decades, scientists have wondered whether extraterrestrial life may be flourishing deep below the icy coatings boasted by moons in our outer solar system. Spacecraft […]
November 10, 2018

Billionaire Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Initiatives Eyes Private Mission to Seek Alien Life

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — Government agencies may not have a monopoly on life-hunting space missions for much longer. Breakthrough Initiatives, which already scans the heavens for […]
October 25, 2018

Scientists Home in on the Best ‘Water Worlds’ to Search for Alien Life

As far as we know, all life requires one thing, water, and that’s why scientists are fascinated by worlds they know or suspect host giant oceans: […]
October 25, 2014

Who’s Out There?—Something Somewhere Not In Thermodynamic Equilibrium?

In his 1992 book Steps Toward Life, Nobel Prize winner and Director of the Max Planck Institute, Manfred Eigen, focuses on the origins of life. He introduces the […]
August 1, 2014

So – you’re still interested in astronomy? Europa

Hi everyone. As you know, last time we took a look at 10 things you wanted to know about Enceladus. As promised, this time, we’re considering […]
June 29, 2014

So – you’re still interested in astronomy? Enceladus.

Hi everyone. As you know, last time we took a look at 10 things you wanted to know about Uranus. This time, I thought it would […]
June 16, 2014

Pluto's Moon Charon May Have Had An Underground Ocean, NASA Reports

If cracks are found on Pluto’s moon Charon then it would indicate that the icy body may have housed an underground ocean previously, according to a […]
March 5, 2014

NASA plotting robotic mission to Europa, Jupiter's moon that may harbour life

WASHINGTON — NASA is plotting a daring robotic mission to Jupiter’s watery moon Europa, a place where astronomers speculate there might be some form of life. […]