Origin & Evolution of Life

Gas Bubbles In Rock Pores - A Nursery For Life On Early Earth

Gas Bubbles In Rock Pores - A Nursery For Life On Early Earth

Munich and Dresden based researchers create compelling scenario for the evolution of membraneless microdroplets as the origin of life.

Astrochemistry

Expanding The Submillimeter Wave Spectroscopy And Astronomical Search For Thioacetamide (CH3CSNH2) In The ISM

Expanding The Submillimeter Wave Spectroscopy And Astronomical Search For Thioacetamide (CH3CSNH2) In The ISM

Thioacetamide (CH3CSNH2) is the sulfur analog to acetamide (CH3CONH2) and it is a viable candidate to search for in astronomical environments specifically toward regions where other S-bearing molecules have been found and, if possible, that also contain a detection of CH3CONH2.

Moons and Icy Worlds

Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy Of Sublimating Salty Ice Analogues. Implications For Icy Moons

Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy Of Sublimating Salty Ice Analogues. Implications For Icy Moons

The composition of the surface of the Galilean icy moons has been debated since the Galileo mission.

Extrasolar Planets

Automation Of Transiting Exoplanet Detection, Identification and Habitability Assessment Using Machine  Learning Approaches

Automation Of Transiting Exoplanet Detection, Identification and Habitability Assessment Using Machine Learning Approaches

We are at a unique timeline in the history of human evolution where we may be able to discover earth-like planets around stars outside our solar system where conditions can support life or even find evidence of life on those planets.

Astrochemistry

Iron Was Integral To The Development Of Life On Earth And The Possibility Of Life On Other Planets

Iron Was Integral To The Development Of Life On Earth And The Possibility Of Life On Other Planets

Iron is an essential nutrient that almost all life requires to grow and thrive. Iron's importance goes all the way back to the formation of the planet Earth, where the amount of iron in the Earth's rocky mantle was 'set' by the conditions under which the planet formed and went on to have major ramifications for how life developed.

Space Life Science

Fundamental Biological Features of Spaceflight: Advancing the Field to Enable Deep-Space Exploration

Fundamental Biological Features of Spaceflight: Advancing the Field to Enable Deep-Space Exploration

Research on astronaut health and model organisms have revealed six features of spaceflight biology that guide our current understanding of fundamental molecular changes that occur during space travel.

Plant Biology

Kennedy Space Center Teams with USDA to Study Benefits of Fungus for Growing Space Crops

Kennedy Space Center Teams with USDA to Study Benefits of Fungus for Growing Space Crops

The research collaboration between the Kennedy Space Center Space Crop Production Team and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) was featured in an article titled "Terrestrial Fungus May Be Key To Farming In Space".

Genomics and Cell Biology

GeneLab For High School Students (GL4HS) Program Is Expanding Into U.S. Schools

GeneLab For High School Students (GL4HS) Program Is Expanding Into U.S. Schools

The GL4HS program is a 4-week intensive summer program hosted by NASA Ames Research Center and funded by NASA's Space Biology program.

Extrasolar Planets

Large Interferometer For Exoplanets (LIFE): III. Spectral resolution, wavelength range and sensitivity requirements based on atmospheric retrieval analyses of an exo-Earth

Large Interferometer For Exoplanets (LIFE): III. Spectral resolution, wavelength range and sensitivity requirements based on atmospheric retrieval analyses of an exo-Earth

Temperate terrestrial exoplanets are likely common objects, but their discovery and characterization is very challenging.

Plant Biology

Terrestrial Fungus May Be Key To Farming In Space

Terrestrial Fungus May Be Key To Farming In Space

Mold is something that most people try to avoid, but NASA may soon welcome a certain type of mold aboard its spacecraft.

Extremeophiles and Extreme Environments

Hydrothermal Vents That Favor Protein Synthesis

Hydrothermal Vents That Favor Protein Synthesis

Scientists supported in part by the NASA Astrobiology Program have presented a new perspective on the biochemistry and ecology of hydrothermal vent ecosystems.

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