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May 10, 2016
May 10, 2016

NASA just detected oxygen in the Martian atmosphere

NASA researchers have detected atomic oxygen in Mars' atmosphere for the first time in 40 years, thanks to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) which soars on a plane 13.7 kilometres (45,000 feet) above Earth, reports Science Alert.

March 10, 2016
March 10, 2016

First tomatoes, peas harvested from mock Martian farm

The second round of the Martian farming experiment at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands has proven more successful than the last.

October 25, 2015
October 25, 2015

In unexpected discovery, comet contains alcohol, sugar

Scientists identify two complex organic molecules, or building blocks of life, on a comet for the first time, shedding new light on the cosmic origins of planets like Earth.

October 2, 2015
October 2, 2015

Search for Mars life stymied by contamination threat

A multi-billion-dollar robot dispatched to Mars to search for life must steer clear of promising "hot spots" for fear of spreading microbes from Earth, Nasa project scientists say.

September 11, 2015
September 11, 2015

New Horizons resumes image return

New pictures have been released from the New Horizons probe’s flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto.

August 22, 2015
August 22, 2015

Ghostly particles from outer space detected in Antarctica

Buried deep in the Antarctic ice, an observatory has spotted ghostly, nearly massless particles coming from inside the galaxy and points beyond the Milky Way.

June 28, 2015
June 28, 2015

Nasa to begin identifying landing sites for Mars

Nasa has reached out to the scientific community to help identify landing sites for a manned mission to Mars even though a trip by astronauts to the Red Planet is expected only by the late 2030s.

June 9, 2015
June 9, 2015

Nasa finds glass on Mars, could hold signs of life

Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has found glass in a crater on Mars.

February 10, 2015
February 10, 2015

Heart of Earth's inner core revealed

Scientists say they have gained new insight into what lies at the very centre of the Earth