Latvian experts say meteorite crater was hoax (Update)
(AP) -- Scientists investigating a large crater initially believed to have been caused by a meteorite said a closer analysis Monday revealed it was a hoax.
Apollo 11 moon rocks still crucial 40 years later, say researchers
(PhysOrg.com) -- A lunar geochemist at Washington University in St. Louis says that there are still many answers to be gleaned from the moon rocks collected by the Apollo 11 astronauts on their historic moonwalk ...
Man in the moon looking younger
Earth's Moon could be younger than previously thought, according to new research from a team that includes Carnegie's Richard Carlson and former-Carnegie fellow Maud Boyet. Their work will be published online ...
Mimicking the moon's surface in the basement
(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of scientists used an ion beam in a basement room at Los Alamos National Laboratory to simulate solar winds on the surface of the Moon. The table-top simulation helped confirm that ...
Improved simulation methods help scientists bolster theories of Moon's formation
(Phys.org)—There are still unanswered questions regarding how the Moon was formed. Improved simulation methods and higher-performance supercomputers have now paved the way for an alternative development ...
Tracking a Jurassic reversal of the Earth's magnetic field
Roughly 180 million years ago, during the height of the Jurassic period, the Earth's magnetic field flipped, bringing the magnetic north pole once again into the Northern Hemisphere.
Young graphite, old rocks: looking for evidence of earliest life
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists have long debated about the origin of carbon in Earths oldest sedimentary rocks and how it might signal the remnants of the earliest forms of life on the planet. New research ...
Geologic study suggests Earth's tectonic activity peaked 1.1 billion years ago
Curiosity rover: No big surprise in first soil test
(Phys.org)—NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil. Water and sulfur and chlorine-containing ...
NASA wants mission to bring Martian rocks to Earth
(AP) -- For the past decade, NASA's Mars exploration strategy was to follow the water.
Curiosity inspects 'shaler' outcrop on descent to Yellowknife Bay drill target—2D/3D
NASA's Curiosity rover is on the final steps of her descent into a geologist's paradise at an area called 'Yellowknife Bay'.
International drilling expedition to probe Japanese fault zone
(PhysOrg.com) -- The scientific drilling ship Chikyu will set sail on April 1 on an ambitious expedition to drill into the fault that caused the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Emily ...
A new look at Apollo samples supports ancient impact theory
New investigations of lunar samples collected during the Apollo missions have revealed origins from beyond the Earth-Moon system, supporting a hypothesis of ancient cataclysmic bombardment for both worlds.
NASA innovator hunts for extraterrestrial amino acids
The hunt for the organic molecules that create proteins and enzymes critical for life here on Earth has largely happened in sophisticated terrestrial laboratories equipped with high-tech gadgetry needed to ...