Seismic Missions Could Reveal the Solar System’s Underworlds

[ad_1] Besides their successful landing on the moon, the astronauts of Apollo 11 made another historic “first” in July 1969 when Buzz Aldrin radioed a message back to Earth: “Houston, the passive seismometer has been deployed manually.” That seismic experiment was the...

New Instrument Could Spy Signs of Alien Life in Glowing Rocks

[ad_1] Was Mars ever a living world? Billions of years ago, before it became a freeze-dried desert, the Red Planet was much more Earth-like, with liquid water and clement temperatures at its surface. Perhaps it harbored life, too. But most signs of any ancient...

Controversy Grows Over whether Mars Samples Endanger Earth

[ad_1] Less than a decade from now, a spacecraft from Mars may swing by Earth to drop off precious cargo: samples of the Red Planet’s rocks, soil and even air to be scoured for signs of alien life by a small army of researchers right here on our terra firma....

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Begins Key Search for Life on Mars

[ad_1] More than 15 months after landing in Jezero Crater on Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover has finally begun its hunt for ancient life in earnest. On 28 May, Perseverance ground a 5-centimetre-wide circular patch into a rock at the base of what was once a river...

Scientists Sprout First-Ever Seedlings in Apollo Moon Dirt

[ad_1] Twelve grams of the moon arrived at Robert Ferl’s laboratory in an undecorated UPS box. Ferl, a horticulturist at the University of Florida, had waited more than a decade for that moment. The small box of dirt, postmarked from NASA, held some of the last...