microbes

Animals Could Have Been Around Hundreds of Millions of Years Earlier Than Previously Believed

According to new Earth sciences research, the oldest fossilized remains of animal life may have been found in the Canadian…

2 months ago

Did Ancient Martian Life Eat Rocks For Food?

Some lucky astronomers get to work with some of the rarest material in the world.  Real Martian meteorites are extraordinarily…

8 months ago

Microbes Were Dormant for Over 100 Million Years, But They Were Able to Spring Back to Life

At the bottom of the ocean in the South Pacific Gyre, there's a sediment layer that is among the most…

1 year ago

A NASA Panel Says We Don’t Need to be so Careful About Infecting Other Worlds

It's time to update the rules. That's the conclusion of a panel that examined NASA's rules for planetary protection. It…

2 years ago

Astronomy Cast Ep. 514: Planetary Protection Protocols

As we send rovers and landers to other worlds, we have to think about the tiny microbial astronauts we're sending…

3 years ago

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria has been Found on the Space Station’s Toilet

NASA keeps a close eye on the bacteria inhabiting the International Space Station with a program called the Microbial Observatory…

3 years ago

What’s that Strange Glowing Mold? Astronauts will Soon be Able to Sequence Unknown Space Organisms

Building on the success of their Biomolecule Sequencer, NASA is launching the Genes in Space-3 project to give astronauts the…

4 years ago

Will We Contaminate Europa?

Europa is probably the best place in the Solar System to go searching for life. But before they're launched, any…

6 years ago

Why Earth’s Spores Could Survive A Trip to Mars

Here's a finding to give planetary protectionists pause: two species of spores mounted on the International Space Station's hull a…

7 years ago

In an Isolated, Ice-Covered Antarctic Lake Far Below Freezing, Life is Found

Lake Vida lies within one of Antarctica's cold, arid McMurdo Dry Valleys (Photo: Desert Research Institute) Even inside an almost…

9 years ago