A new way to look for signs of ancient life on Earth and Mars Scientists have found that high concentrations of rare elements might be evidence of life near ancient hot springs.

The Mars 2020 mission involves sending a rover, named Perseverance, to Mars to look for evidence of past life on that planet. Perseverance will collect samples of 3 billion year old rocks that scientists on Earth think might contain signs READ MORE

What can sulfur-eating microbes teach us about life in extreme environments? Microbes living in an extreme environment hosted by a rock called serpentinite use a variety of sulfur compounds to gain energy and survive, which has implications for life that might exist elsewhere in our Universe.

Microbes on Earth have adapted to survive in some pretty extreme locations. The extreme dryness of deserts, high salinity in salt deposits, cold temperatures of glaciers, and even high pressures of the deep ocean don’t stop some life forms. Another READ MORE

A crater on Mars may be a future landing site Rock formations on the Jezero Crater on Mars give us clues that there were probably active rivers there at some point.

Here on Earth, scientists study layers of sediment like dirt and sand to better understand how rocks form. The same contextual clues geologists use to explain how sedimentary rocks form on Earth can also be applied to extraterrestrial planets. Recent READ MORE

Managing Mars: Who Has a Right To It’s Resources? Two scientists propose a method of divvying up Martian resources based on the concept of “Cooperative Sovereignty”

By Spandan Dash BMSIS Young Scientist Program Humans have long been fascinated by the huge Cosmos above us. Perhaps this fascination has been best put to words by Carl Sagan in his influential book, Cosmos: “The Cosmos is all that READ MORE

What Could Have Created the Ancient Martian Rivers? Researchers created a new model for climate cycling on early Mars, aiming to explain the soil patterns that have been observed on the planet.

by Larissa L. Cavalcante Blue Marble Space Young Scientist Program Water is essential for life. When searching for life in the universe, the first thing researchers do is “follow the water”. Mars is no exception. Finding evidence of water on Mars READ MORE

Why Does Mars Have Such a Thin Atmosphere? Did the atmosphere on Mars have a brutal ending from a supernova explosion?

A Coronal Mass Ejection means that the corona, a layer of the sun, explodes, ejecting particles into space. Supernova cosmic rays or interstellar clouds could be the possible scenarios for strong radiation.