After a decade of "following the water," planetary scientists want to see if water co-existed with other critical environmental conditions that could have allowed simple forms of life to emerge.
Russia's Phobos-Grunt Mars probe malfunctioned after launch on Nov. 8, leaving it in Earth orbit. Scientists have at last reestablished contact, but options for the mission appear limited.
Officials from NASA and the European Space Agency have pitched in to help save the Russian Phobos-Grunt probe, which was supposed to fly to a Martian moon to collect soil samples but is instead stuck in orbit around Earth.
A trio of astronauts in a Russian Soyuz capsule parachuted back to Earth Tuesday, touching down on a frigid, snowy steppe in Central Kazakhstan.
German satellite: The odds of a piece of the retired German ROSAT satellite striking a person are higher than that of the NASA satellite that plunged into the Pacific Ocean in September.
The composition of comet Hartley 2 suggests that comets might have been a bigger source of Earth's water than previously thought. It's also challenging models of solar system formation.
Burning Man from 373 miles above: A European Space satellite took photos of the 2011 Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert.
Firefighters watch as 'The Temple of Transition,' honoring loved ones who have passed on, burns on Sept. 4, 2011.
The solar storms that cause blackouts and damage satelites have always been hard to predict, but two new methods of monitoring them could lead to much more accurate forecasts.
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