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Fake News: Mars Edition, circa 1877
Diana Kwon | Jan 1, 2018
Giovanni Schiaparelli’s maps of Mars sparked the belief that intelligent life exists on the planet.
Search for Life on the Red Planet
Diana Kwon | Dec 1, 2017
Growing evidence points to a once-habitable world—and recent findings suggest that life could exist on Mars today.
Infographic: The Hazards of Life on Mars
Diana Kwon | Nov 30, 2017
High levels of radiation, among other health risks, challenge the future colonation of the Red Planet.
Image of the Day: Microbes on Fake Mars
Aggie Mika | Oct 18, 2017
By simulating the structure and composition of Mars’s rocky materials, scientists observe how the metal-eating, extreme environment–inhabiting microbe
could alter extraterrestrial environments.
Microbes Persist in Super-Salty Conditions
Tanya Lewis | Jun 23, 2016
Extremophiles can thrive on perchlorates and metabolize carbon monoxide, researchers report.
Most Earth-like Planet Found
Kerry Grens | Jul 27, 2015
Kepler-452b revolves around a sun much like our own.
Mary Beth Aberlin | Feb 1, 2015
Microorganisms continually challenge our assumptions of what life can achieve.
Marks of Martians?
Molly Sharlach | Dec 18, 2014
NASA’s Curiosity rover finds chemical signatures that point to the possibility of life on Mars.
Saturn’s Icy Moon Harbors Ocean
Bob Grant | Apr 4, 2014
A body of liquid water beneath Enceladus’s surface makes the tiny moon a potentially hospitable home for extraterrestrial life.
Hospitable Lake Found on Mars
Kerry Grens | Dec 10, 2013
The possibility of Martian life gets a boost from evidence of an ancient freshwater lake.