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NASA spacecraft approaches asteroid, snaps first pic

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:34 PM

The first, blurry images of Bennu were taken on August 17 at a distance of 1.4 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

60,000-year-old microbes found in Mexican mine – NASA scientist

Feb 21, 2017 - 12:07 PM

These strange ancient microbes have apparently evolved so they can survive on a diet of sulfite manganese and copper oxide

Gypsum crystals inside the Naica cave, April 2010. By Alexander Van Driessche - Gaianauta/WikiMedia Commons/CC BY 3.0

From drinking cup to an asteroid: NASA's newest space mission

Aug 29, 2016 - 5:45 PM

An invention inspired by the iconic beverage cup will launch into space aboard the United States first robotic mission aimed at scooping up 4 5 billion year old dust from an asteroid

OSIRIS-REx will travel to near-Earth asteroid Bennu on a sample return mission. Credit: NASA

Mars lake may have been friendly to microbes: NASA

Dec 10, 2013 - 11:40 AM

A US space agency rover tooling around on the surface of Mars has found remnants of an ancient freshwater lake that may have supported tiny life forms

This computer-generated images depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater, beginning to catch morning light. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity reveals conditions in Mars once suited for life

Mar 13, 2013 - 8:08 AM

NASA scientists revealed that a rock sample collected by the Curiosity rover contained elements that are crucial to life opening the possibility that the planet could have supported living microbes

This set of images compares rocks seen by NASA's Opportunity rover and Curiosity rover at two different parts of Mars. On the left is " Wopmay" rock, in Endurance Crater, Meridiani Planum, as studied by the Opportunity rover. On the right are the rocks of the "Sheepbed" unit in Yellowknife Bay, in Gale Crater, as seen by Curiosity. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/MSSS