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Mars sample return: Could Red Planet life contaminate Earth?

Mars sample return: Could Red Planet life contaminate Earth?

Conceptual drawing of a Mars Sample Retrieval Lander. (Image credit: NASA) The robotic return of pristine samples from the surface of Mars has been a holy grail goal of Red Planet investigators for many, many years. Over that time, strategies for returning Mars collectibles have ranged from “grab and go” acquisition from the surface to …

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How paleontologists know what life on Earth was like the day the asteroid killed the dinosaurs

How paleontologists know what life on Earth was like the day the asteroid killed the dinosaurs

Last month’s discovery of a fossilized leg from a dinosaur that died on the day that an asteroid wiped out all of its kind was hailed as the “ultimate dinosaur drumstick” (as one scientist called it) — the holy grail of paleontology, and a rare and astonishing discovery. Indeed, evidence suggests the dinosaur’s death was likely …

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Mining the moon to help save life on Earth (op-ed)

Mining the moon to help save life on Earth (op-ed)

Lewis Pinault is a partner at Airbus Ventures, where he invests and serves as board director for space technology related startups across the globe. A NASA-trained meteoriticist, he is also a researcher at University College London/Birkbeck’s Centre for Planetary Sciences, presently collaborating with JAXA’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences. Pinault contributed this article to …

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