building blocks of life

One Scientist Has a Plan to Send the Building Blocks of Life to Distant Exoplanets

One Scientist Has a Plan to Send the Building Blocks of Life to Distant Exoplanets

A German theoretical physicist has proposed a modification to the first-ever interstellar spacecraft that would allow it to decelerate enough to orbit an exoplanet and potentially seed a second Earth. However, the 12,000-year-long transit time could make garnering support for the mission difficult.

Ceres provides first detection of life's building blocks in asteroid belt

Ceres provides first detection of life's building blocks in asteroid belt

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been poking around Ceres since it first established orbit in March of 2015. In that time, the mission has sent back a steam of images of the minor planet, and with a level of resolution that was previously impossible. Because of this, a lot of interesting revelations have been made about Ceres’ composition and surface features (like its many “bright spots“).

“Kitchen Smoke” Molecules in Nebula Offer Clues to the Building Blocks of Life

“Kitchen Smoke” Molecules in Nebula Offer Clues to the Building Blocks of Life

Using data collected by NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) and other observatories, an international team of researchers has studied how a particular type of organic molecules, the raw materials for life – could develop in space. This information could help scientists better understand how life could have developed on Earth.