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Discovered a lake of liquid water under the South Pole of Mars

CAB researchers commented in the media the recent discovery of a subglacial lake on Mars by the Mars Express probe ESA.


'Rio Tinto is Mars, on Earth'

This is the title of the Euronews report that was recorded a few weeks ago in Rio Tinto (Huelva) and in the Astrobiology Center.


'This will be the successor of Hubble'

News Four speaks in its weekend news of the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for release in early 2019.


"To the search of exterior life", a report on the Center of Astrobiology in the Revista Española de Defensa

The CAB is the protagonist of the new issue of the Revista Española de Defensa (RED), published by the Ministry of Defense.


'Spain will count next year with two meteorological stations on Mars'

Telemadrid dedicates a space in its weekend newsletter to talk about upcoming missions to Mars.


'Mars, what is the weather today?', Interview by La Razón with Jorge Pla-García, CAB researcher

Since the Curiosity rover arrived on Mars in 2015, it has not ceased to send data on how the weather on Mars is. Jorge Pla speaks of his importance in this interview with La Razón.


Discovered a giant nebula of ionized gas that extends for about 360,000 light years

A team of astronomers led by Montserrat Villar Martín, of the CAB, has detected a giant ionized gas nebula that, apparently, is associated with the quasar "Teacup".


Zoé Magazine number 4. Mars: astrobiological objective

The scientific community and, in particular, the astrobiological community, considers the study of Mars as a fundamental objective to understand the origin and evolution of life in the universe. In this new issue of Zoé we talk about topics such as Marian meteorology or the use of Simulation Cameras, among others, always related to the idea of ​​Mars as an astrobiological objective.


Messengers in Space: Comets and the Rosetta mission. Interview with Guillermo Muñoz Caro

FOROS21 interviews the CAB researcher Dr. Guillermo Muñoz Caro, who answers questions as if the 'bricks' of life are as old as the Solar System or even more.


ConCiencia about the CAB to the people of Madrid

The Telemadrid program has dedicated this Saturday a special on the conquest of space.


"Mars is in fashion"

The Sixth News interviews researchers from the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) for a report on the neighboring planet.


Researchers of the CAB participate in TEDx Rivas Vaciamadrid

Interview with the event organizer Ester Lázaro, biologist at the Astrobiology Center.


From the CAB to the Moon with TVE

The TVE news programs have gone to the CAB to find out more about the ESA proposal to establish a permanent lunar base.


Live connection of RNE from the CAB

The RNE Mornings program moved its Mobile Unit to the Astrobiology Center to talk with researchers about the ISS.


Zoé Magazine Number 3

The new edition of Zoé, the only magazine specializing in Astrobiology, explores the limits of life through the field of extremity.


Orbit Laika performs a CAB experiment

The CAB has participated in the 18th program of Órbita Laika. The scientific journalist Antonio Martínez Ron conducted an experiment that simulates meteorite impacts against surfaces of rocky bodies.


NASA confirms that liquid water currently flows through the surface of Mars
29-09-2015 CAB IN THE MEDIA (several media)

NASA yesterday presented the largest evidence found so far that there is water in a liquid state on Mars. Today we have asked ourselves about the consequences and if there can also be life.


Tonight, the great eclipse of the Moon
27-09-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (The Sixth News)

The best time to see the superlunar eclipse tonight is from 04:10 to 05:20.


The Night of the Researchers
25-09-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (several media)

The Royal Botanical Garden, CSIC and the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) have organized various activities under the heading "A walk through the solar system"


Large avalanches of groundwater produced floods on the surface of Mars

More than 3,000 million years ago, the red planet suffered great floods in the northern lowlands, and it was believed that they had been caused by the melting of the upper crust of the planet's south pole. However, a recent study with Spanish participation explains how these bodies of water come from the fusion of older underground ice, which was formed, in reality, as a consequence of climate change. This finding could help to locate frozen water at present and reveal if there was ever life.


Collaboration of Montserrat Villar
21-09-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (On the shoulders of giants-RNE)

The researcher of the Center of Astrobiology Montserrat Villar, Department of Astrophysics, collaborates in the program of RNE directed by Manuel Seara A shoulders of giants.


More than 1,300 people enjoyed this weekend the activities and workshops of Expoastronómica 2015
21-09-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (City of Yebes)

With a 40% increase in attendance and the presence of families arriving from Madrid, Toledo, Valladolid or Cuenca, the 'complete' poster has been hung in numerous acts of the program


Collaboration of Luis Cuesta
18-09-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (Nowadays-SER Guadalajara)

Luis Cuesta, from the Scientific Culture Unit of the Astrobiology Center, participates in the program Hoy por hoy at SER Guadalajara


Martian outflow channels: How did their source aquifers form, and why did they drain so rapidly?
10-09-2015 CAB IN THE MEDIA (Scientfic Reports-Nature)

An article about the origin of river erosion channels on Mars entitled "Martian outflow channels: How did their source aquifers form, and why did they drain so rapidly?" was published in Scientific Reports section of the journal Nature. Alberto González Fairén, a researcher in the Department of Planetology and Habitability of the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA), is part of the international team that conducted the study.


Expoastronomic: stars and planets at your fingertips
08-09-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (el

The presence of the mobile laboratory of the Astrobiology Center will be one of the main novelties of Expoastronómica 2015, the first and only fair in Spain that is dedicated to the dissemination of astronomy and will be held on September 19 and 20 at the Sports Center Municipal 'Valdeluz' of Yebes (Guadalajara)


Goodbye to the little green men
23-08-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (La Vanguardia Magazine)

Is there someone out there? It is hard to think that the Earth is a mere accident, the result of a unique chance. Now it seems that the answer to this recurring question could be closer than ever in the history of humanity, because at no time before had been available so powerful technological resources to observe and explore space. Science has reformulated its approach and today seeks molecules and microorganisms, not Martians or aliens


Lettuces conquer space
17-08-2015 CAB IN THE MEDIA (ABC)

The first food produced outside the Earth opens the doors to long space travel and bases on planets


Spain builds the first meteorological network of Mars
03-08-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (

The NASA Curiosity rover made an amazing discovery in April on one of its walks on the surface of Mars. The vehicle's REMS (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station) instrument discovered evidence of very salty water in an arid area during the Martian sunset. This device is a complete meteorological station with multiple environmental sensors, the result of the joint work of the Spanish company CRISA and the Centro de Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA)


Mimicking the Martian surface
03-08-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (Physics World)

An article on the MARS camera entitled "Mimicking the martian surface" is published in the special issue "Focus on: vacuum technology 2015" of Physics World magazine. The article is signed by CAB researchers Jesús Sobrado, Juan Manuel Manchado and José Ángel Martín-Gago


Pluto, as we've never seen it
24-07-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (Four)

"New Horizons" sends the first images of the dwarf planet


This is how a star like the Sun dies
09-07-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (The World)

The energy of the stars is not inexhaustible. Sooner or later, in a calm or explosive way, the life of each star comes to an end. No one has lived long enough to see a star born and die, understandable if you take into account that most of them take millions of years to reach the end of their life


Hunting for the black hole in the heart of the Milky Way
29-06-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (

If we could reduce the size of the Earth to that of a sugar, our planet would become a black hole


The man who shoots meteorites
08-06-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (Vozpópuli)

Jens Ormö performs meteorite impact simulations at the facilities of the Astrobiology Center in Madrid. The firing of projectiles to more than 500 m / s on different surfaces serves to know the history of our planet and the Solar System.


NASA Begins Testing Mars Lander for Next Mission to Red Planet

NASA Begins Testing Mars Lander for Next Mission to Red Planet


Detected with REMS liquid water in the nights of Mars

Thanks to REMS it has been possible to identify the presence of liquid water on Mars during the night


Hubble turns 25 years old. The importance of a good tool

Our understanding of the Universe has been changing as larger telescopes were built. But the radical change, the most significant change in this path of knowledge occurred 25 years ago when the era of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) that revolutionized our way of seeing the Universe began: it was like putting on your glasses and stop seeing blurry .


Hubble turns 25 years old. An investment in knowledge

Congratulations to the societies and governments that dared to dream and to invest in knowledge.


On the shoulders of giants - Black holes in the heart of galaxies

Montserrat Villar, CAB researcher, is interviewed in the A shoulders of giants program of RTVE


Eclipses of Sun inscribed in turtle shells
07-01-2015 CAB IN THE MEANS (

We have identified with certainty 13 mentions to eclipses in oracular bones (seven moles and six solar), dated between the 14th and 12th centuries BC


Two researchers awarded by the CAB awarded on 01-30-2015

With an article on exoplanets they have reached the Madri + d Prize for Scientific Communication.


Is there anything left to tell about black holes?
07-01-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (

It has been spoken and written so much about black holes that, perhaps, one might think that it is difficult to tell something new and interesting. However, there are reasons to affirm without hesitation that there is still much to be said about them.


The first extraterrestrial meteorological network is built in Spain
05-12-2014 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (El País-Materia)

The Center for Astrobiology, in Madrid, is establishing a network of meteorological laboratories on Mars, sent aboard different NASA missions. NASA launches the prototype of its new ship into space.


Forensic Astronomers
06-11-2014 CAB IN THE MEDIA (BLOGS madri + d)

In art, literature or, in general, in multiple historical records you can find references to astronomical events, both explicitly and subtly. They are of great interest because they allow to give exact dates (as it is the case of eclipses sighted during some battle in Antiquity), but they also provide the vision of those societies of different types of events. Normally to interpret them you need an astronomer, or at least some degree of knowledge of astronomy. The process is almost a forensic dissection, which examines the seemingly minor details to extract a global vision.


Two Swedish craters are the first test of the double collision of an asteroid against the Earth

Some 470 million years ago, there was a great cosmic catastrophe in the solar system: an asteroid about 200 km long broke into fragments, two of which traveled together 12 million years to impact on Earth both at once. They did it in what is now Sweden, creating the craters Lockne and Målingen. Now a geologist from the Astrobiology Center has found the evidence, in what constitutes the first confirmed case of binary asteroid impact on our planet.


tres14 - Origen

Carlos Briones, CAB researcher, participates in the RTVE program three14 dedicated to the origin.


Why is it hot in the summer?
20-08-2014 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (

You might think that the reason it is warmer in summer is that the Earth is closer to the Sun.


New techniques to find life on Mars
01-08-2014 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (Research and Science)

(Authors: Chris McKay and Víctor Parro García)
Several experiments under development could settle one of the deepest questions of science: is there extraterrestrial life?


Biomarkers of the Deep (news in English)
24-07-2014 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (ASTROBiology Magazine)

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Spain is a unique geological site that has fascinated astrobiologists for decades. The Iberian Pyrite Belt (IPB) in Spain's Río Tinto area is the largest known depository of sulfide on Earth, and it has been a field-site for scientists studying chemolithotrophic microbes


How to Search for Life on Mars (news in english)
24-07-2014 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (Scientific American)

Experiments now under development could finally answer one of the most profound questions in science: Does life exist outside of Earth?


It is more interesting to find another kind of life than to populate Mars

The head of the Scientific Culture Unit of the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), Luis Cuesta, said he affirmed today that for scientists it is "much more interesting" to find another kind of life or "a new way of life" on Mars that populate it with that of the planet earth.


Europa, icy moon of Jupiter, could harbor life

One of the challenges of the 21st century in Astrobiology is research, through the Galileo probe, which orbits Jupiter, of the characteristics of its icy moon Europa and the possibility of it harboring life. Olivier Grasset, deputy director of the Laboratory of Planetology and Geodynamics at the University of Nantes, has participated in the XII International School of Astrobiology "Josep Comas i Solà" and has exposed the conclusion of "the existence of an ocean on the moon Europa", and that "it is surely the only place in the Solar System - apart from the Earth - with habitability possibilities".


The vision of the cinema about the extraterrestrials, in the UIMP

Life, the origins of the world and the treatment that cinema has given to "an event that is still trying to be defined", have been the central themes of Extraterrestrials in cinema: how we see life, a conference open to the public given by Luis Cuesta Crespo, head of the Scientific Culture Unit of the Astrobiology Center CSIC-INTA, who is participating in the XII International School of Astrobiology Josep Comas i Solà that is being held these days at the UIMP.


Curiosity travels through old Martian glaciers

3,500 million years ago the Gale Martian crater, where the Curiosity rover now moves, was covered with glaciers, especially in its central mountain. Cold water also flowed through the rivers and lakes of the lower areas, in landscapes similar to those that can be found today in Iceland or Alaska. This is reflected in an analysis of the images taken by the ships that orbit the red planet.


The disclosure available to everyone
05-06-2014 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (

The 'Science City' project brings science and technology to the inhabitants of remote locations in large cities.


Panspermia, the theory of fertilizing meteorites
04-06-2014 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (Blog of the CSIC Science to take in

In 1969 a meteorite loaded with good news fell to Murchison (Australia) for those who think that the universe is full of life. In the fragments of that object no extraterrestrial being was found but organic molecules that are the basis of the development of life. A detailed analysis showed that in the rock there were fifteen amino acids that had formed outside the Earth; some of them, even, have not yet been found on our planet.


Cervantes and the enigma of the moons of Jupiter
04-05-2014 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (The World)

ASTRONOMY: The Spanish writer could inspire the name of Ganymede
In one of his 'Exemplary Novels', the author of Don Quixote referred to the moons of Jupiter as 'little Ganymede'. The work of Cervantes was published in June 1613, four months before the Jovian satellites were baptized.


Ancient Earth hammered by double space impact (news in English) - 03-18-2014. THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (BBC News)

We've seen the films where asteroid hurtles towards our planet, threatening civilization. What's less well known is that menacing space rocks sometimes come in twos. Researchers have outlined some of the best evidence yet for a double space impact, where an asteroid and its moon apparently struck Earth in tandem. Using tiny, plankton-like fossils, they established that neighboring craters in Sweden are the same age - 458 million years old.


Spanish scientists recreate the surface of the moon Europa

The water, salts and gases dissolved in the great ocean that is supposed to be under the icy crust of Europe can rise to the surface and generate the characteristic chaotic geological structures associated with reddish materials of this Jupiter satellite. This is confirmed by the experiment that researchers at the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) have carried out in the laboratory with water, carbon dioxide and magnesium sulfate. NASA and ESA prepare missions to this frozen satellite.


Virus in evolution studies
21-02-2014. CAB IN THE MEDIA (RTVE)

Natural selection has preceded the evolution of men, plants and all living beings on the planet. Viruses are not an exception. This is the issue we are dealing with today in the "A Ciencia Cierta" section, with the researcher José Antonio López. We speak with Dr. Ester Lázaro, a researcher at the Astrobiology Center and an expert in the study of viral evolution.


Looking for life outside the Earth on 02-11-2014. CAB IN THE MEDIA (UCC-UM)

The possible existence of extraterrestrial life has interested the human being throughout history and in this program we invite you to reflect on this topic ... what do you think there is outside of our planet?


They discover a process of formation of molecules in interstellar space on 02-10-2014. CAB IN THE MEDIA (RNE)

They have proven that there is a type of hydrocarbons in space. They form near giant red stars at high temperatures. These molecules can be key to understanding the origin of life on Earth.


A star 'made' in the laboratory on 01-13-2014. CAB IN THE MEDIA (The World)

Spanish scientists will build 3 machines to reproduce the atmosphere of a star Star dust gave rise to rocky planets like Earth


'Nanocosmos', a success of Spanish science
13-01-2014. CAB IN THE MEDIA (The World)

The director of the National Academic Astronomical Observatory of the Royal Academy of Doctors of Spain talks about science in Spain and the NANOCOSMOS project, one of his last successes


Iñaki with Montserrat Villar on 10-28-2013. CAB IN THE MEDIA (CHANNEL +)

Iñaki Gabilondo interviews Montserrat Villar in CANAL +


The "Martian" subsoil of Río Tinto, uncovered

The most similar place to Mars on Earth is in Spain, specifically, in the mining enclave of Rio Tinto (Huelva). A team of researchers from the Center for Astrobiology is studying the subsoil of the area to know its characteristics. Researchers from the UNED explain what these waters hide reddish.


Latest technology probes in the underground of Rio Tinto

After drilling two holes in the bowels of Rio Tinto in 2011 and letting a year pass for them to settle, engineers and scientists from the Astrobiology Center (INTA-CSIC) have placed sensors in the wells this week. The objective is to monitor in real time all the physicochemical parameters of the perforations and the transmission of the metabolic activity of the subsoil by remote control. Thus begins the second phase of the Iberian Pyritic Belt Subsurface Life Detection project, IPBSL.


Book review Exoplanetas

Exoplanets. Álvaro Giménez Cañete. CSIC- Books of the Cataract. Madrid, 2012. 136 pages.
Review of Luis Cuesta Crespo, CAB


Note on the creation and evolution of the Astrobiology Center

Note on the creation and evolution of the Astrobiology Center
Spanish Journal of Physics
Andrés Fernández Díaz
Professor of Economics at the UCM and member of the Governing Board of the CAB


A scientist from the College of Geologists distinguished as "Honorary Member of the Great Order of Meteor"

For the first time a scientist, the geologist of the CSIC and the College of Geologists, Jesús Martínez Frías, receives this distinction reserved until now for prestigious writers. Juan José Millás, Lorenzo Silva, Carmen Posadas or Lucía Etxebarría have been awarded in other editions. The award coincides with the 155th anniversary of the fall in Molina de Segura, Murcia, of the largest meteorite preserved in Spain.


Exploring the near universe

The researcher of the CSIC and Head of the Department of Planetology and Habitability of the Center of Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) Jesús Martínez Frías has approached the UNED to share his knowledge about the universe close to Earth. Following the meteorite fallen in Russia a few weeks ago, the UNED has proposed to know more about how they are and where they come from, in addition to anticipating the main challenges of planetary science in the mouth of one of the country's leading experts in this field. sense. Canal UNED video.


A mobile astrobiology laboratory visits Tudela

'Searching for life in the universe' is added to the activities of the Science City outreach project, an initiative of the Obra Social "la Caixa" and the CSIC. The laboratory truck of the Astrobiology Center (CSIC-INTA) will remain in Tudela on April 17 and 18 in the Plaza de la Constitución. Schoolchildren and the general public can visit one of the most cutting-edge research instruments and carry out various experiments to learn how astrobiologists work


The mobile laboratory of 'Science City' brings astrobiology to more than 300 students

About 300 students from all schools in Valdepeñas will pass through the mobile laboratory of the 'Science City' program of the CSIC that is installed in the Plaza de la Constitución


They talk about ... Extraterrestrial life. With Javier Gómez-Elvira

Director of the Center for Astrobiology (CAB), is 55 years old, and thanks to his work, Spain is among the leading countries in the search for extraterrestrial life. He is an engineer in robotics and collaborates with NASA in the mission on Mars.


A mobile Astrobiology laboratory visits these days Coria

In the town of Coria these days have the possibility of exploring the confines of the universe. For this they only have to visit the Astrobiology mobile laboratory. A tool that scientists from the most important research institutions in the country use for their field work and that, until tomorrow, remains open to the public, in this town of Cáceres.


A mobile astrobiology laboratory visits several Spanish cities

'Looking for life in the universe' adds to the activities of the City Science project


The adventure of knowing

Intervention by Jesús Martínez Frias (00: 00: 45-> 00:09:00)


The impact on Earth of external objects

Interview with Jesús Martínez-Frías, from the Astrobiology Center and professor 'ad honorem' of the UPM, about the fallen meteorite in Russia and the passage of the asteroid 2012 DA14


"It takes a protocol of action for the impact of meteorites on Earth"

The astrogeologist Jesús Martínez Frías explains that if it is confirmed that what happened in the Urals is a meteorite, it will go "to the history of the meteorite". The researcher of the CSIC clarifies that it will not be possible to know if it is related to the asteoride that passes this Friday near the Earth, until there are no remains. It warns that, although the possibility of impact is very low, "we are exposed" and "it is convenient to be prepared", as in earthquakes or volcanoes.


Avoid the impact of a meteorite: a challenge for science ... or for science fiction?

The expert in planetary geology, Jesús Martínez Frías, believes that it is very difficult to detect small space objects and affirms that, although it is possible to detect large asteroids, that does not mean that their impact against the Earth can be avoided.


A new exoplanet

We discover a new exoplanet


Future users of the Virtual Observatory meet at the Astrobiology Center

The Astrobiology Center (CSIC-INTA) hosts a Virtual Observatory school from February 5 to 7, on its campus in Villafranca. The school, carried out within the framework of the CoSADIE project and organized by the Spanish Virtual Observatory, brings together 35 thesis students or newly doctorates from 12 countries in Europe to which 13 tutors from the five CoSADIE member countries (France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom)


From the laboratory to the newspapers

Ten researchers talk about their experience with the media through SINC


Five years bridging the gap between science and society

They speak the Units of Scientific Culture


They detect a 'hot Jupiter' that escapes from theories of planetary formation

DIVULGA-UNED An international team of scientists, including researchers from the UNED, has discovered an unusual exoplanet, having a disproportionate radius in relation to its mass, and not following the current theories of planet formation. The body, baptized as WTS-1b, is considered a 'hot Jupiter', due to its gaseous composition and its high temperature


They detect a 'hot Jupiter' that escapes from theories of planetary formation

SINC-FECYT An international team of scientists - among which are researchers from the UNED, the Center for Astrobiology and other Spanish centers - has discovered an unusual exoplanet, having a radio disproportionate to its mass, and which does not Follow the current theories of planetary formation. The body, baptized as WTS-1b, is considered a 'hot Jupiter', due to its gaseous composition and its high temperature


They detect a "very bloated" exoplanet 10,400 light-years from Earth

RTVC The exoplanet was detected with the Ukirt telescope in Hawaii and, in particular, with its WFCAM wide-field infrared camera, in the framework of a project dedicated to detect planets around stars of the M-type in the infrared.


An international scientific team discovers an exoplanet that is not very dense and has a higher temperature than the Sun

20 MINUTES An international team of scientists, including the Center for Astrobiology at CESIC, the University of La Laguna, the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, the National University of Distance Education, the Hispano German Astronomical Center and numerous European and Latin American institutions, have discovered a new exoplanet thanks to the use of the UKIRT telescope in Hawaii


The saline hiding places of the bacteria of the river Tinto can be like those of Mars

Researchers at the Astrobiology Center have identified the microorganisms that live inside the salt crusts in the acid and ferrous environment of the Tinto River, in Huelva. The extreme conditions of these microcaves could be similar to those of the saline deposits of Mars and the Europa Europa of Jupiter, a possibility that must be considered by the missions that operate there, such as Curiosity


"We encourage the critical spirit so that the public distinguishes the possible from the impossible"

Taking advantage of his participation in the cycle "From Cosmos to Celluloid. Astrobiology through Cinema ", held at CosmoCaixa Madrid until December 12, the geologist Jesus Martinez Frias, head of the Department of Planetology and Habitability of the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) has spoken with SINC about the usefulness of these days, which defend the use of the seventh art to connect society and research.


90 splendid suns on Mars

Scientists and engineers of the 'Curiosity' live with their feet on one planet and head on another


They discover a "camouflaged" cluster between Earth and Orion

A researcher of the CSIC unravels some of the mysteries of the nebula closest to our planet


A stellar cluster 'camouflaged' in front of the Orion Nebula

With the participation of the Astrobiology Center


Discovered a camouflaged cluster between the Earth and the Orion nebula

An international team of researchers, with the participation of the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), has discovered a star cluster 'camouflaged' within another cluster, specifically within the one that forms the Orion Nebula


`Genes and genealogies' wins the XVIII European Prize of Scientific Disclosure Estudi General

Researchers Susanna C. Manrubia and Damián H. Zanette have won the XVIII European Prize for General Scientific Disclosure of the Universitat de València with the essay 'Genes and genealogies. About our cultural and biological heritage. ' The award, endowed with 16,000 euros financed by Bancaixa, was delivered by the Vice Chancellor for Research and Scientific Policy, Pedro Carrasco, on Friday at the Premis Literaris Ciutat d'Alzira gala, promoted by the City Council and Edicions Bromera


Shakespeare, genes and talismans in the Ciutat d'Alzira

The Alicante Rodríguez-Bernabeu wins the Poetry prize and the Catalan Puigpelat the novel. The Catalan Manrubia and the Argentine Zanette achieve the Scientific Disclosure


Mars: 'yestersol', 'tosol' and 'solmorrow' Jesús Martínez-Frías

Jesús Martínez-Frías The Spanish scientist, who has participated in the mission of the 'rover' 'Curiosity', explains his experience working with NASA.


And what if there is or was water on Mars?

On August 6, the 'Curiosity' rover landed on the Martian surface after an eight-month journey through space. In its first month of adventure on the red planet, the robot sends revealing images to Earth. The shape and arrangement of a series of rocks confirm what had been suspected for years: Mars had, at some time in its past, liquid water in the form of rivers or streams. Why does an accumulation of eroded sediments cause an international ovation? What implications does the evidence of water have on the Martian crust?


Neil Armstrong brought water from the Moon

The samples contain between 70 and 200 parts per million of water, according to the results, published today in Nature Geoscience. There is also a huge shortage of deuterium, which suggests that the moon water is made from local oxygen atoms and hydrogen atoms in the solar wind. When the wind hits the regolith, the two atoms join to form the OH bond, or hydroxyl groups, the water of the moon.


The (astrobiological) science of cinema

Could a meteorite erase humanity, and by the way every living creature, from the face of the Earth? And a virus? How is Mars, a planet so close to ours and at the same time so vertiginously distant? And, more difficult still, who are we and where do we come from? All these questions, seemingly borderline with metaphysics, actually have empirical and measurable answers. The cinema, in its infinite and prolix phagocytosis of themes and arguments of all origins, has made them their own on numerous occasions.


The Tissint meteorite, a unique window to explore Martian geology

The Tissint meteorite, which hit Morocco one year ago, definitely comes from Mars. A scientific study has concluded that this bolide had its origin in the Martian crust and contains in its interior materials of the atmosphere and the surface of the red planet.


Access to the videos of the European Planetary Science Congress 2012

The intention of the European Planetary Science Congress 2012 is to cover a broad area of ​​science topics related to planetary science and planetary missions. The program of the congress will contain oral and poster sessions, and it will emphasize workshops and panel discussions in order to have a strong interaction between the participants.


Madrid, capital of the study of the cosmos

Madrid has become the capital of astronomy and astrophysics this week. More than 600 scientists meet until Friday at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC), which is held for the first time in our country.


A new push to the theory of Panspermia

A research by Princeton University reinforces the idea that essential elements for life or even microorganisms came to Earth from space


They manage to revive bacteria that have been asleep for more than a hundred years

All that time they have been embedded in salt and isolated from the atmosphere in a lake in Tunisia. Researchers believe that something similar can happen on Mars


"El arcano", the ruthless race for the porcelain formula

Europe did not manufacture its own porcelain until the eighteenth century, when an alchemist, an artist and a sculptor reinvented this precious material, which only reached the old continent from Asia. What happened thereafter is the history of industrial espionage, the scientific challenges and the hardships in the 'white gold' factories that the astrophysicist Montserrat Villar (La Coruña, 1968) discovered thanks to the book The Arcanum by Janet Gleeson.


Spanish scientists point to 'Curiosity' where to look for vestiges of life on Mars

Researchers find in the Rio Tinto (Huelva) compounds associated with microbes that could also appear in the extremely acidic regions of the Martian surface


Exoplanets: other worlds, other lives?

When one is a training astrophysicist and dedicates himself to Astrobiology, he feels a kind of pride for the contribution of the discovery of exoplanets for the study of the origin of life and its search in other places of the Universe. If, in addition, as it is my case, it is dedicated to its investigation, to characterize them to know how they are, how they originated and thus be able to compare them with our Solar System in order to know better our "house"; he knows that with the discovery of the first exoplanet he did not finish the race, but began, and that much remains to be done to be able to announce, if it exists, "we have found life outside the Earth."


The brightest racing car detected in Spain

For just a second, he lit up the Madrid night as if it were daylight. The Group of Observation of Bolides and Meteors of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) has just released the video that shows the spectacular flash that caused the explosion of a celestial object during the early morning of last Friday, and that was visible in a large part of the country, especially in the downtown area. Although it is premature to say, Alejandro Sánchez de Miguel, an astrophysicist at the center, believes that it was almost certainly a piece of a comet. As explained to, it is the most brilliant fireball or fireball ever detected in Spain.


Earth's water is not imported

A new study suggests that the origin of water and the organic components that gave rise to life comes from within the Solar System


Earth's water is not imported

3,900 million years ago, the Earth was bombed and shortly thereafter in geological terms, some 400 million years later, life appeared on our planet. According to the most accepted hypotheses, a shower of comets and a type of meteorite known as carbonaceous chondrites unloaded on Earth a load of water, nitrogen, carbon and many organic materials that ended up forming a habitable world.


Life on Mars could be within reach of the Curiosity rover

A study concludes that, if it exists, it is more likely to be a few centimeters deep, below the surface of a young crater


Trip to the interior of the Sun

Interview Benjamín Montesinos (Astrophysicist and Researcher of the CSIC at the Astrobiology Center)



From Antarctica to Mars: Extreme life

Interview Felipe Gómez (Doctor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) and Olga Prieto (Doctor in Geological Sciences). Researchers at the Astrobiology Center (CAB) of INTA-CSIC


Looking for clues of extraterrestrial life

Núria Jar has taken us on a trip again due to her particular Unknown Dimension. This time we have accompanied her in the Astrobiology Center, a CSIC center associated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute, where they investigate to find clues that can bring us a little closer to extraterrestrial life. In this center, astronomers, biologists, chemists, geologists, computer scientists and astrophysicists collaborate to carry forward a still recent birth science. And so we have discovered that some scientists work in Planetology and Habitability, do planetary paleoenvironmental reconstructions and work with extremophile bacteria.


Inclusive geoscience instruction

The journal Nature Geoscience has just published in the section "Correspondence" a Short Note that analyzes the complex situation of education in geosciences for people with disabilities and the international initiatives that are currently under development.



Interview with Jesús Martínez-Frías

In this interview for Univisión, Florida (USA), three topics of planetary and astrobiological interest are addressed: the danger of impact of near-Earth asteroids, the possibility of extraterrestrial life and its possible implications and, more specifically, the topics discussed in the Geoforo of the ICOG on Humanity towards Space.

Departments and support units

The answer to questions about life and its origin come from the combined efforts of many disciplines

Research areas

The science developed in the CAB is channeled through interdepartmental research lines

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