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JPL Invents a Better Way to Test for Alien Life Popular mechanics

JPL Invents a Better Way to Test for Alien Life Popular mechanics


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Preparing for Alien Life. The search itself can help us forge a planetary identity, said philosopher Clement Vidal. Credit: NASA

... terrestrial worlds like the inner planets in our Solar System may be plentiful, and diverse, in the Universe. Credit: NASA/JPL–Caltech

Preparing for Alien Life. This illustration of Europa (foreground), Jupiter (right) and Io (middle) is an artist's concept. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This illustration shows what the TRAPPIST-1 system might look like from a vantage point near planet TRAPPIST-1f (at right). Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech


See the astonishing real-life space photos that inspired 'Cosmos' An artist depicts the incredibly powerful flare that erupted from the red dwarf star EV ...

its life, this planet may have resembled the newly discovered Kepler 438b. Illustration: David A Aguilar/CfA

Enceladus Could Be a Cosmic Shaker for the Cocktail of Life

TRAPPIST-1: The 'Habitable' Star System That's Probably a Hellhole


Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

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Life: Not So Grim On The Galactic Rim?

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Life is Grim on the Galactic Rim

Kepler finds a planet in a binary star's habitable zone

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Scientists Propose Experiment to Test Quantum Gravity. On Popular Mechanics ...

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This artist's concept illustrates what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star system with an asteroid belt 25 times as ...

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Huge lakes of water may exist under Europa's ice

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We'll find alien life in the next 20 years with our new, awesome telescopes says NASA

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What Mars could have looked like during an ice age 400,000 years ago. (Credit: NASA/JPL)

Stephen Hawking's search for extraterrestrial life came up short

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New study published in 'the Journal Astrobiology' says life on Earth may have come from 'elsewhere'

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According to the “short window observation” idea, a civilization capable of radio communication would likely have developed artificial intelligence by the ...

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A JPL CubeSat named ASTERIA was deployed from the International Space Station on November 21. It will test the use of CubeSats for astronomy research.

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Figuring out the mysteries of the universe, one galaxy collision at a time. (NASA, ESA, SAO, CXC, JPL-Caltech, and STScI)

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Here's the deal. There is a subgroup in the International Astronomical Union that decides about the naming of names, and the categorizing of, um, ...

The two objects showed striking differences in radar reflectivity, which could indicate that they have different surface properties.Credit: NASA/JPL -Caltech

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Since then, NASA's Kepler space telescope, the European Space Agency's Corot mission and ground-based instruments have found nearly 800 other planets, ...

Take-off on August 12, 1941 of America's first "rocket-assisted" fixed-wing aircraft, an ERCO Ercoupe fitted with a GALCIT developed solid propellant JATO ...

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Because Jupiter's moon, Europa, has oceans lying beneath its surface, it said to be one of the most likely places in the solar system for life to thrive ...


Life on some planets may be like life on Earth. Life on other worlds may have a completely different chemistry, and may not even possess a genetic code.

Pine forests planted around a 16 kilometer Pythagorean triangle, proposed by the famous mathematician Karl

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A new paper just published by a team of planet-hunters shows that theoretically speaking, not only can Alpha Centauri have planets, it should have them.

The bright stars are roughly 13,300 light years distant. Two background galaxies, far beyond our own Milky Way, can be seen at upper left. More info here.


NASA has released this image of the solar-electric propulsion thruster currently in development and

It's difficult to put this into the proper context. GRBs are monumental explosions, the exploding of a massive star where most of the energy of the ...

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... mountains are evidence of liquid water running downhill – and hint at the possibility of life on the planet. (Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)

Complex patterns cover the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa (NASA/JPL /Ted

As we have already discussed with regards to SETI and METI, again the astronomical scientists and space engineering and technical fields often differ in ...

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Life can leave “fingerprints” of its presence in the atmosphere and on the surface of a planet. These potential signs of life, or biosignatures, ...

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Repeating “Fast Radio Bursts” Detected in Another Galaxy — Probably Not Aliens, Interesting Anyway

Researchers find another Super Earth in our Cosmic neighborhood

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But now let your eyes roam over the image. You can see dozens of smaller galaxies crowding the frame. Those are background galaxies much, much farther away ...

Black holes, bright galaxies emerge from dust

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... the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our own Milky Way galaxy. Credit: Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/M. Meixner (STScI) & the SAGE Legacy Team.

The system overlaid over the habitable zone. Image credits: NASA/JPL.