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Gravity Assist Podcast: Exploring Mars, with Steve Squyres

Gravity Assist Podcast: Exploring Mars, with Steve Squyres | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
NASA’s Chief Scientist, Dr Jim Green, talks to Professor Steve Squyres, who as the Principal Investigator on the Mars Exploration Rover missions Spirit and Opportunity, has been at the forefront of our exploration of the red planet for almost the last 15 years.
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Mars Curiosity Celebrates Sol 2,000

Mars Curiosity Celebrates Sol 2,000 | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover just hit a new milestone: its two-thousandth Martian day, or sol, on the Red Planet.
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TRAPPIST-1 planets provide clues to the nature of habitable worlds

TRAPPIST-1 planets provide clues to the nature of habitable worlds | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
TRAPPIST-1 is an ultra-cool red dwarf star that is slightly larger, but much more massive, than the planet Jupiter, located about 40 light-years from the sun in the constellation Aquarius.
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Mars’ oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions

Mars’ oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
A new scenario seeking to explain how Mars' putative oceans came and went over the last 4 billion years implies that the oceans formed several hundred million years earlier and were not as deep as once thought.
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NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Nearing the End as Fuel Runs Low

NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Nearing the End as Fuel Runs Low | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
Trailing Earth’s orbit at 94 million miles away, the Kepler space telescope has survived many potential knock-outs during its nine years in flight, from mechanical failures to being blasted by cosmic rays.
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Asteroids and comets shower Mars with organics

Asteroids and comets shower Mars with organics | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
Asteroids and comets appear to be a much more important supplier of organic molecules on Mars than expected.
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NASA Juno Findings - Jupiter’s Jet-Streams Are Unearthly

NASA Juno Findings - Jupiter’s Jet-Streams Are Unearthly | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
Data collected by NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter indicate that the atmospheric winds of the gas-giant planet run deep into its atmosphere and last longer than similar atmospheric processes found here on Earth.
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Chemical sleuthing unravels possible path to forming life's building blocks in space

Chemical sleuthing unravels possible path to forming life's building blocks in space | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
Experiments at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source reveal how a hydrocarbon called pyrene could form near stars.
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New data helps explain recent fluctuations in Earth's magnetic field

New data helps explain recent fluctuations in Earth's magnetic field | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
Using new data gathered from sites in southern Africa, researchers have extended their record of Earth's magnetic field back thousands of years to the first millennium.
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Extinct lakes of the American desert west

Extinct lakes of the American desert west | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
The vestiges of lakes long extinct dot the landscape of the American desert west. These fossilized landforms provide clues of how dynamic climate has been over the past few million years.
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Nearly a Decade After Mars Phoenix Landed, Another Look

Nearly a Decade After Mars Phoenix Landed, Another Look | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
A recent view from Mars orbit of the site where NASA's Phoenix Mars mission landed on far-northern Mars nearly a decade ago shows that dust has covered some marks of the landing.
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Mars Orbiter on Precautionary Standby Status

Mars Orbiter on Precautionary Standby Status | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), at Mars since 2006, put itself into a precautionary standby mode on Feb. 15 in response to sensing an unexpectedly low battery voltage.
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When it comes to extinction, body size matters

When it comes to extinction, body size matters | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
An interdisciplinary team of scientists proposes a more nuanced model for extinction that also shows why animal species tend to evolve toward larger body sizes.
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Complex organic molecules discovered in Enceladus’ plumes could hint at life

Complex organic molecules discovered in Enceladus’ plumes could hint at life | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
The essential building blocks of life have been discovered emanating from the subsurface ocean of one of Saturn’s moons.
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Gravity Assist Podcast: Explorer 1 and Jim Green’s ‘Gravity Assist’

Gravity Assist Podcast: Explorer 1 and Jim Green’s ‘Gravity Assist’ | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
NASA’s Planetary Science Division Director, Jim Green, describes his own gravity assist under the tutelage of James Van Allen, whose discoveries paved the way for studying the magnetic fields and radiation belts of the planets.
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'Oumuamua likely came from a binary star system

'Oumuamua likely came from a binary star system | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
New research finds that 'Oumuamua, the rocky object identified as the first confirmed interstellar asteroid, very likely came from a binary star system.
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Jupiter's atmospheric beauty is more than skin deep

Jupiter's atmospheric beauty is more than skin deep | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
The orange and white bands that characterize Jupiter's outer atmosphere extend thousands of miles into the gas giant's atmosphere.
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Yale’s EXPRES instrument ready to find the next Earth analog

Yale’s EXPRES instrument ready to find the next Earth analog | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
A new, ground-based spectrometer designed and built at Yale represents the most powerful step yet in the effort to identify Earth-sized planets in neighboring solar systems.
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15 new planets confirmed around cool dwarf stars

15 new planets confirmed around cool dwarf stars | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
Scientists report the existence of 15 new planets -- including one 'super-Earth' that could harbor liquid water -- orbiting small, cool stars near our solar system.
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Photosynthesis originated a billion years earlier than we thought, study shows

Photosynthesis originated a billion years earlier than we thought, study shows | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
Ancient microbes may have been producing oxygen through photosynthesis a billion years earlier than we thought, which means oxygen was available for living organisms very close to the origin of life on earth.
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NASA Finds a Large Amount of Water in an Exoplanet's Atmosphere

NASA Finds a Large Amount of Water in an Exoplanet's Atmosphere | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
Scientists used NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to find water "fingerprints" in the atmosphere of a hot, bloated, Saturn-mass exoplanet some 700 light-years away.
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The moon formed inside a vaporized Earth synestia

The moon formed inside a vaporized Earth synestia | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
A new explanation for the Moon's origin has it forming inside the Earth when our planet was a seething, spinning cloud of vaporized rock, called a synestia
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Powerful flare from star Proxima Centauri detected with ALMA

Powerful flare from star Proxima Centauri detected with ALMA | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
Space weather emitted by Proxima Centauri, the star closest to our sun, may make that system rather inhospitable to life after all.
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Seven Ways Mars InSight is Different

Seven Ways Mars InSight is Different | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
NASA's Mars InSight lander team is preparing to ship the spacecraft from Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, where it was built and tested, to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where it will become the first interplanetary mission to launch from the West Coast.
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A Piece of Mars is Going Home

A Piece of Mars is Going Home | Astrobiology Magazines | Scoop.it
A piece of a meteorite called Sayh al Uhaymir 008 (SaU008) will be carried on board NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission.
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