A bombardment of the Red Planet 4 billion years ago could have created hot springs that allowed life to flourish.
2nd International Planetary Caves Conference; Flagstaff, Arizona, 20–23 October 2015
Mineralogist Robert Hazen and other scientists probe connections between living organisms and rocks in "Life's Rocky Start," which premieres tonight on PBS stations around the United States.
Planets that orbit close to their stars might lose their atmospheres along with any chance of life, but new models show a way in which these planets may retain their atmospheres and habitability.
Space research has made strides identifying where extraterrestrial life might reside but not what kind of life, if any, it could be, scientists told Congress last week.
Future robotic missions to Mars hoping to peer beneath its surface in search of signs of life should target recent impact craters, where falling meteorites have done the drilling for them.
With the search for water and habitable planetary bodies proceeding at an increasing pace, NASA scientists say they are getting closer to finding evidence of extraterrestrial life.
Searching for life on Mars starts at home, with a balloon launch.
Deep Carbon Observatory Deep-Life Workshop;
Potsdam, Germany, 3–4 November 2014
A serendipitous discovery of tiny tunnels in lava that cooled rapidly under fresh water could help scientists search for life on Mars.