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Probe to sniff Martian methane mystery
Probe to sniff Martian methane mystery
The search for life on Mars has entered a new phase with the launch of a spacecraft built to sniff out waste gases released by alien organisms.
How 'planety' is Planet Nine?
How 'planety' is Planet Nine?
It is freezing in our solar system’s far reaches. Bodies of frozen methane, ammonia and water – and a few dwarf planets, such as demoted Pluto...
Eye on the SKA will enable us to map the entire universe
Eye on the SKA will enable us to map the entire universe
In the coming decades, humans will, for the first time, have comprehensive maps of the universe, says Roy Maartens, professor and research chair in...
Habitable planets: The ideal home in the Goldilocks Zone
Habitable planets: The ideal home in the Goldilocks Zone
It is some of the most sought-after real estate in the universe: the Goldilocks Zone. It is the area around a star in which liquid water could exist...
Goldilocks, meet Godzilla
Goldilocks, meet Godzilla
Scientists have a good idea of where to find habitable planets. A certain number of provisos have to be met: it must have an atmosphere and be in the...
Underground ocean discovered on Saturn moon
Underground ocean discovered on Saturn moon
Add Enceladus, a small moon orbiting the giant ringed planet Saturn, to the growing list of places beyond Earth that have oceans – and...
Earth a little bit cramped, says shortlisted Mars explorer
Earth a little bit cramped, says shortlisted Mars explorer
A comfortable, middle-class Parisian life may be the envy of many people, but Florence Porcel would give it all up to be among the first...
Rediscover the thrill of adventure
Rediscover the thrill of adventure
AMONG OTHERS by Jo Walton (Tor/Corsair)...
Planets found in Milky Way
Planets found in Milky Way
Astronomers have found a clutch of planets that wander alone through interstellar space. The discovery of the objects, which do not orbit any star,...

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