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Microbes in Space: JPL Researcher Explores Tiny Life

On May 11, a sealed capsule containing fungi and bacteria fell from the sky and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. Microbiologist Kasthuri Venkateswaran could hardly wait to see what was inside it.

SOP newswire3Building Blocks of Life's Building Blocks Come From Starlight - Life exists in a myriad of wondrous forms, but if you break any organism down to its most basic parts, it`s all the same stuff: carbon atoms connected to hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and other elements. But how these fundamental substances are created in space has been a longstanding mystery.
SOP newswire3Microbes in Space: JPL Researcher Explores Tiny Life - On May 11, a sealed capsule containing fungi and bacteria fell from the sky and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. Microbiologist Kasthuri Venkateswaran could hardly wait to see what was inside it.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 55th Anniversary of First Human Flight into Outer Space - The United Nations today observed the International Day of Human Space Flight to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the first human space flight, which ushered in the beginning of the space era for mankind.
Ron G AnselmFalling Through the Center of the Earth? LA to Japan in Forty-Two Minutes - Believe it or not this has been a big question posing to most Physics students for many years and it has been studied not physically but on paper and with many late night burning the midnight oil college students at schools around the world.
SOP newswire3NASA, Japan Make ASTER Earth Data Available At No Cost - Beginning today, all Earth imagery from a prolific Japanese remote sensing instrument operating aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft since late 1999 is now available to users everywhere at no cost.
SOP newswire3A Half-Enceladus - This half-lit view of Enceladus bears a passing resemblance to similar views of Earth's own natural satellite, but the similarities end there.
SOP newswire3Comet Catalina Passes Polaris, and Icy Uranus & Icy Vesta Meet Near Valentine's Day. - Five morning planets, comet Catalina passes Polaris, and icy Uranus and icy Vesta meet near Valentine's Day.
SOP newswire3Most Luminous Galaxy Is Ripping Itself Apart - In a far-off galaxy, 12.4 billion light-years from Earth, a ravenous black hole is devouring galactic grub.
SOP newswire3The Barred Sculptor Galaxy - The spectacular swirling arms and central bar of the Sculptor galaxy are revealed in this new view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
SOP newswire3Earth Might Have Hairy Dark Matter - The solar system might be a lot hairier than we thought.
SOP newswire3UN Marks World Science Day - Science stands at its heart as a force for positive transformation and a development multiplier.
Ron G AnselmNASA's Kepler Space Telescope Reveals Evidence of other Alien Superstructures? - Do we really believe that we are the only civilization lurking in this vast and spacious Solar System?
Ron G AnselmScientists SayMemories May Be Past Along in DNA - Have you ever been driving somewhere and as you race past a blot of scenery you suddenly get a feeling as if you have been here before?
Ron G AnselmSurfs up Dude! But not on Malibu Beach - Surfing or Bogie Boarding on the beaches of Southern California is as fun as Bungee Cord jumping off Mount Everest
Ron G AnselmMystery Object Baffles Scientist during Lightning Storm in Illinois - If you think about it the thought of humans being the only life form out there doesn't make a lot of sense.
SOP newswire3Rosetta Comet Outburst Captured - On Thursday, Aug. 13, the comet and Rosetta will be 116 million miles (186 million kilometers) from the sun -- the closest to the sun they will be in their 6.5-year orbit.
SOP newswire3NASA Video Shows Peanut-shaped Asteroid That Flew Past Earth - NASA scientists have used two giant, Earth-based radio telescopes to bounce radar signals off a passing asteroid and produce images of the peanut-shaped body as it approached close to Earth this past weekend.
SOP newswire3Exoplanets 20/20: Looking Back to the Future - Geoff Marcy remembers the hair standing up on the back of his neck. Paul Butler remembers being dead tired. The two men had just made history: the first confirmation of a planet orbiting another star.
SOP newswire3Contact Zone: Missoula - A rock outcrop dubbed Missoula near Marias Pass on Mars, is seen in this image mosaic taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager on NASA`s Curiosity rover. Pale mudstone (bottom of outcrop) meets coarser sandstone (top) in this geological contact zone, which has piqued the interest of Mars scientists.
SOP newswire3NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth - NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the "habitable zone" around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable-zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another Earth.
SOP newswire3Pluto Seen from Saturn - As one NASA spacecraft sailed past the distant ice world of Pluto, collecting never-before-seen vistas and invaluable science data, another spacecraft turned its gaze in that direction from its outpost at Saturn.
Ron G Anselm Existence of Water on Mars Scientists Study Ongoing - The Mystery of the existence of water on Mars is as baffling to scientists as Bruce Jenner deciding to have a
Ron G AnselmSpace Weather on Distant Stars May Increase Chances of Alien Life - Wild weather or as we know it on Earth as if you live or have lived in New England then you know
Ron G AnselmNASA's Hubble Space Telescopes Discovers Big Surprise - NASA's Hubble Space Telescopes Discovers a Big Surprise under Jupiter's Ganymede's Surface
Ron G AnselmHas NASA Finally Found Another Habitable Planet Like Earth? - Scientists realize that one day our planet could be so inhabitable for human life that we would have to move to another planet.
Ron G AnselmIs Mount Sharp The Link that Proves Water Did or Does Exist on Mars? - Scientists would probably rather play a game of Hide and Seek with a room full of kids at daycare than to try to dissect every possibility of trying to prove that water did once actually exist on the Red Planet.
Ron G AnselmNASA Explores the Concept of Starting a Fire with Water - What is the first thought you get when you see something on fire that is not supposed to be on fire? Go get water and get it fast to put that fire out.
Ron G AnselmThe Presence of Volcanoes Do Actually Exist on the Moon - In 1971, the Apollo 15 mission which was orbiting the moon photographed some very odd pictures that baffled the minds of many scientists and astronomers.
Ron G AnselmComet Flyby of Mars Has Huge Impact on the Martian Atmosphere - The data revealed that when the comet flew by and close to the atmosphere of Mars it left debris that added a temporary and strong layer of ions to Mar`s ionosphere.
Ron G AnselmNASA`s NuStar Telescope Discovers a Wondrous Pulsar Star - Astronomers discovered a pulsating, dead star shining very brightly in our universe, so bright that it has the energy of about ten million suns.
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