Solar System

New research suggests that Earth microbes and bacteria could survive a trip to Mars on the outside of a spacecraft. (Getty Images)

Researchers: Spacecraft-Riding Microbes Could Colonize Mars

Research shows bacteria and other Earth microbes can survive on spacecraft.

CBS Tampa–05/16/2014

Is this flash of light proof of extraterrestrial intelligence? Probably not, say scientists. Image credit: NASA/JPL)

UFO Hunters Say Mars Photo Is Proof Of Alien Life

Scientists say strange flash of light is likely a cosmic ray.

04/08/2014

Astronomers say a deep ocean lies beneath the icy crust of Enceladus. (Image credit: NASA)

Astronomers: Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Holds Huge Ocean Of Water

Finding makes the moon a likely candidate for extraterrestrial life in our solar system.

CBS Tampa–04/04/2014

NASA mission to capture an asteroid is just a prelude to a manned mission to Mars. (Getty Images)

NASA Chief: Ultimate Goal Is “Boots On The Ground On Mars”

Bolden says ambitious plan to capture an asteroid is just another step towards landing humans on the Red Planet.

CBS Tampa–03/28/2014

Artist interpretation of the rings around the remote asteroid Chariklo. (Credit: European Southern Observatory)

Icy Rings Discovered Around Asteroid

Astronomers stunned to find two icy rings around a non-planetary object.

CBS Tampa–03/27/2014

NASA image of the asteroid Eros taken from a 2000 space probe. (Getty Images)

NASA Offers Cash Rewards For Amateur Asteroid Hunters

Burgeoning astronomers can can help NASA track near Earth objects.

03/13/2014

Hubble image of the disintegrating asteroid P/2013 R3 from October 2013. (Photo credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Jewitt (UCLA))

Hubble Telescope Captures Shattering Asteroid

Astronomers have been watching the asteroid slowly break apart over the past year.

03/07/2014

The planet Venus appears close to the crescent Moon as Jupiter (R) appears nearby during a rare planetary alignment on December 1, 2008.  (credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Study: Life-Sustaining Planets May Exist Beyond Our Solar System

According to a recent study, scientist say planets in a solar system over 100 light years from Earth can sustain life.

10/12/2013

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