Scientists Debate How to Search for Life on Europa in New Mission

Jupiter’s ice-covered moon Europa hides a water ocean beneath its surface. A return mission is now planned to help search for evidence of life there. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

Jupiter’s moon Europa, with its subsurface ocean, is considered by many to be the best place in the Solar System to search for extraterrestrial life. […]

Has Curiosity Found Evidence for Ancient Microbial Life on Mars? Maybe, Says Noted Geobiologist

Curiosity image from Yellowknife Bay, where the potential microbial mat features were first seen in sandstone rocks. Gillespie Lake Member is the series of flat rocks in the central-left area of the image. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

There is a report about Mars which has been getting a lot of attention the past few […]

Living On the Edge: The Icy Plains of Enceladus (Part 3)

Lit by reflected light from Saturn, Enceladus appears to hover above the gleaming rings with its well-defined ice particle jets spraying a continuous hail of tiny ice grains, in this image taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in 2006 from a distance of 1.303 million kilometers. The 500-km-wide moon has excited the scientific community […]

The Sea of Enceladus: Cassini Confirms Underground Ocean on Saturn's Geyser Moon

Diagram of what the interior of Enceladus is now thought to look like, with the icy outer shell, liquid water ocean, and inner rocky core. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

Coming just after the news of the ringed asteroid and new dwarf planet, some more exciting news from the outer Solar System was […]

The Mars Society Calls On Volunteers for 12-Month Simulated Mars Mission Next Year

The Mars Society is calling for additional volunteers for its 2014 Mars Arctic 365 mission at the FMARS facility (pictured above) in Devon Island, Canada. Photo Credit: The Mars Society.

The Mars Society, the world’s largest and most influential non-profit space advocacy organization dedicated to human exploration and settlement of Mars, has issued […]

Mars Society Announces Team Planning Arctic 365-day 'Mars' Mission

The Mars Society has announced its team of scientists that will plan its 2014 Mars Arctic 365 mission at the FMARS facility (pictured above) in Devon Island, Canada. Photo Credit: The Mars Society.

The Mars Society announced its team of scientists that will initiate the Mars Arctic 365 mission, which is slated to […]

The Mars Society Builds Infrastructure for Year-Long FMARS Mission

Members of The Mars Society’s Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station check out their equipment during this year’s expedition. Photo Credit: The Mars Society

The Mars Society announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (EU-INTERACT) to use the Flashline Mars Arctic […]

Follow the Water? No, Follow the Martian Salt

The next direction for NASA, in terms of searching for life on Mars, might not be “follow the water”—it might be “follow the salt.” Image Credit: NASA / JPL / MSSS

This article originally appeared in The Mars Society’s The Mars Quarterly. As part of AmericaSpace’s partnership with The Mars Society, they publish […]