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Basic Science in Orbit

By Abby Olena | August 17, 2017

Studying biology in space sheds light on future space missions and life on Earth.

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Vinyl cyanide is thought to rain down onto Saturn’s largest moon, though whether the molecule self-assembles into membrane-like structures is unclear.

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The plumes that erupt through the cracks on the icy exterior of one of Saturn’s moons contain molecular hydrogen, researchers report.

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Polar Algae Survive More Than a Year in Space

By Joshua A. Krisch | February 13, 2017

Two samples of Sphaerocystis that spent 530 days growing on a panel outside of the International Space Station have returned to Earth largely unscathed.

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Bacteria Show Signs of Starvation in Space

By Mallory Locklear | November 18, 2016

E. coli cultured on the International Space Station show increased expression of genes related to starvation and acid-resistance responses, researchers report.

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Opinion: On Space and Health

By Didier Schmitt | September 24, 2013

What health and space sciences can learn from each other to boost innovation

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Radiation Risk for Mars Astronauts

By Kate Yandell | June 3, 2013

An instrument aboard the spaceship that carried Curiosity to Mars has found that deep space travelers would face worrying levels of radiation.

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Water Once Ran on Mars

By Jef Akst | October 1, 2012

The Curiosity rover discovers pebbles that were likely formed by ancient streams on the Red Planet.

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Space-bound Fish

By Jef Akst | July 31, 2012

Japanese astronauts deliver an aquarium to the International Space Station to study the effects of microgravity on marine life.

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Space Rocks

By Cristina Luiggi | June 1, 2012

Orbiting ultrasound machines are being used to diagnose and treat astronauts' kidney stones.

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