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'Martian' lakes in the driest desert on Earth

A study, led by the CAB, concludes that the first rains recorded in centuries in the heart of Atacama have devastated their microbial community, something key to the study of a hypothetical primordial microbial life on Mars.




Astronomers find a universal correlation that could unify the study of star formation

A research team led by Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA) has found an empirical relation that could allow unification of the different scales of star formation, from small scale individual stars in our neighborhood, to large scale whole galaxies at long distances.







Invitation to discuss a possible European Astrobiology Institute

The European Astrobiology Community is invited to discuss the plans for establishment of the European Astrobiolgy Institute.



REMS and the global dust storm on Mars

Since the end of May, a global dust storm on Mars has affected the entire planet, including Gale crater where NASA’s Curiosity rover is located. Onboard is the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS), developed at the spanish Centro de Astrobiología (CISC-INTA), which continues to send data on the environmental conditions of the planet during the storm.


















Icy Mars lakes warmed by methane

The release of methane trapped in Martian subsurface reservoirs following planetary obliquity shifts may have contributed to episodic climate warming between 3.6 and 3 billion years ago, explaining for ancient ice-covered lakes.







Himalayan glaciers experienced significant mass loss during later phases of Little Ice Age (LIA)

To date, there is a gap in the data about the state and mass balance of glaciers in the climate-sensitive subtropical regions during the Little Ice Age (LIA).


Martian slope streaks as plausible indicators of transient water activity

Slope streaks have been frequently observed in the equatorial, low thermal inertia and dusty regions of Mars. The reason behind their formation remains unclear with proposed hypotheses for both dry and wet mechanisms.




Wannier-Mott Excitons in Nanoscale Molecular Ices

The absorption of light to create Wannier-Mott excitons is a fundamental feature dictating the optical and photovoltaic properties of low band gap, high permittivity semiconductors.


A pilot search for mm-wavelength recombination lines from emerging ionized winds in pre-planetary nebulae candidates

We report the results from a pilot search for radio recombination line (RRL) emission at millimeter wavelengths in a small sample of pre-Planetary Nebulae (pPNe) and young PNe (yPNe) with emerging central ionized regions.


Mineral paragenesis on Mars: the roles of reactive surface area and diffusion

Geochemical models of secondary mineral precipitation on Mars generally assume semiopen systems (open to the atmosphere but closed at the water-sediment interface).










Five-years Research Contract Ramón y Cajal (RyC) in the Centro de Astrobiología

INTA (Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, National Institute for Aerospace Technology) offers up to 6 Ramón y Cajal (RyC) Research Contracts for the 2016 Call in the field of Astrobiology and other areas. We need scientists with experience in topics such as Planetary Geology, Planetary Atmospheres and Climatology (Mars and Europe, mainly), Prebiotic Chemistry, Spectroscopic Techniques (Raman, IR) applied to the search for biomarkers, Electronics and Space Optics, Microbial Systems’ Biology and Bioinformatics, Fluidics and Microfluidics, Simulation of Planetary Environments, etc.




Giant galaxies grow out of cold cosmic oceans

An international team of scientists, headed by the Center for Astrobiology, opens the door to study how the supergalaxies were formed in the early universe


International RTs Symposium 2017

Rio Tinto, fundamental and applied aspects of a terrestrial mars analogue.




The origins of life and its search in the Universe

From 16th to 17th November, International Symposium in the Fundación Ramón Areces. Coordinated by Carlos Briones (CAB) and other two scientist.







































Protoplanetary disk evolution in nearby star-forming regions
24-07-2015 TESIS DEL CAB

Álvaro Ribas Gómez defended in the Sala de conferencias del módulo 0 de la Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid his thesis entitled "Protoplanetary disk evolution in nearby star-forming regions" directed by Bruno Merín Martín y Hervé Bouy obtaining the higest qualification


We want to found life in Mars

In Ríotinto, one of the best terrestrial analogs of Mars, has been testing a prototype instrument in order to detect life on Mars



Ends the XIII International School of Astrobiology "Josep Comas i Solà"

With the delivery of diplomas to the students, chaired by the Rector of the UIMP, he finished the school of this year


Planetary systems across different niches: Syniergies between Kepler and Calar Alto observatories
02-07-2015 TESIS DEL CAB

Jorge Lillo Box defended Box in the 201 Classroom at the Module 15 of the Autonomous University of Madrid (Faculty of Science) his thesis entitled "Planetary systems across different niches: Syniergies Between Kepler and Calar Alto observatories" directed by David Barrado Navascues obtaining the higest qualification


How life emerged

El lunes próximo comienza la XIII International School of Astrobiology «Josep Comas i Solà», este año sobre el tema “The origin of life. From monomers to cells”. Organizada por la Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo en colaboración con el Centro de Astrobiología y el NASA Astrobiology Institute, esta prestigiosa Escuela se celebra en el Palacio de la Magdalena, en Santander












How important is to know the age

For the first time we have determined the age of the FS CMa stars allowing better understand these enigmatic massive stars



Spanish Virtual Observatory: ten years of astronomical Big Data 04-02-2015

Centro de Astrobiology is at the international forefront of scientific exploitation of astronomical data files


Cyanobacterial Monitoring

A Spanish collaboration, led by researchers at the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), develops technology for the detection of cyanobacteria















































Models for Chiral Amplification in Spontaneous Mirror Symmetry Breaking
23-05-2015 THESIS AT CAB

Celia Blanco de Torres defendió en la Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid su trabajo de tesis titulado "Modelos de Amplificación Quiral en Ruptura Espontánea de Simetría Especular" dirigido por David Hochberg Newman obteniendo la calificación de Sobresaliente "Cum Laude".





































The stellar cycles and the development of life

An international team publishes a paper that researches the activity cycles of a star similar to the young Sun. The study will help to understand whether the activity solar cycles could influence the development of life on Earth. The results of this research are published in the edition of May 6th in the magazine Astronomy & Astrophysics.






















Tras el exitoso aterrizaje de la misión de la NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), y con el rover Curiosity explorando la superficie marciana, ya se han recibido los primeros datos del instrumento español REMS (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station), cuya construcción ha liderado el Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA)













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