We're Being Overprotective of Mars

Mars is a big boy. At 4.5 billion years old, the Red Planet can surely take care of itself by now—but you wouldn't know it based on the great lengths NASA and friends go to protect it from contamination by Earthly debris. Some astrobiologists think these measures are unnecessary. » 12/11/13 11:32am 12/11/13 11:32am

How NASA Prevents a Space Plague Outbreak

In the early days of space exploration, NASA basically made up procedure on the fly. With little knowledge of the world outside our atmosphere, agency physicians worried what humans might encounter out there. Maybe John Glenn would go Space Blind. Maybe the Apollo 11 crew would track an Andromeda Strain through the… » 9/25/12 1:00pm 9/25/12 1:00pm

NASA Denies Scientist's Claim of Finding Alien Life

We've already seen Richard B. Hoover's claim of finding alien life get debunked. Now NASA, whom Hoover once worked for, is disavowing his report as well, saying no one supports Hoover's claims. Apparently, to them, there's a lot of stuff there but not too much science. [AP] » 3/08/11 2:55pm 3/08/11 2:55pm

Astrobiology Rap Proves That Science Is Fun, Nothing Really Rhymes…

If the fantastic Large Hadron Collider rap » 9/25/08 5:00am 9/25/08 5:00am was too esoteric for your tastes, Oort Kuiper's Astrobiology rap, commissioned by a European astronomy magazine, probably won't find its way onto your prestigious and exclusive "muzic 4 drivin' 'n' shit" playlist. But, in the spirit of science, consider the facts: The song has…