German Impact Crater Could Have Hosted Early Life On Earth

by Elizabeth Howell April 16, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Could life thrive in the devastated rock left behind after a meteorite impact? A new study hints that possibly, that could be the case. Researchers discovered what they think are geological records of biological activity inside of Nördlinger Ries, a crater in Germany […]

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Plastic Protection Against Cosmic Rays?

by Jason Major June 12, 2013

It could work, say researchers from the University of New Hampshire and the Southwest Research Institute. One of the inherent dangers of space travel and long-term exploration missions beyond Earth is the constant barrage of radiation, both from our own Sun and in the form of high-energy particles originating from outside the Solar System called cosmic […]

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Mercury Shows Off Its Reds, Whites, and Blues

by Jason Major May 14, 2013

At first glance, the planet Mercury may bear a striking resemblance to our own Moon. True, both are heavily-cratered, airless worlds that hide pockets of ice inside polar shadows… but there the similarities end. In addition to being compositionally different than the Moon, Mercury also has surface features that you won’t find on the lunar […]

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This is NOT the Russian Meteorite Crater

by Jason Major February 16, 2013

There’s been a lot of really incredible videos and images of the meteor that streaked across Russian skies on Feb. 15, 2013… but this isn’t one of them. I recently spotted it on YouTube, uploaded by several users and claiming to be a crater from the meteorite. Whether done purposely to deceive or just in […]

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What Craters on the Moon Teach Us About Earth

by Jason Major January 10, 2013

When the Moon was receiving its highest number of impacts, so was Earth. Credit: Dan Durda Some questions about our own planet are best answered by looking someplace else entirely… in the case of impact craters and when, how and how often they were formed, that someplace can be found shining down on us nearly […]

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