This Mission Plan Could Get NASA To Europa On The Cheap

NASA is currently accepting ideas for a mission to Europa — the moon voted most likely to harbour alien life. But thanks to recent budget cuts, it can only consider the most affordable solutions. The fine minds at Draper Labs may have just come up with the answer. » 6/20/14 11:01am 6/20/14 11:01am

NASA plans a robotic mission to search for life on Europa

It looks like it's finally going to happen, an actual mission to Jupiter's icy moon Europa — one of the the solar system's best candidates for hosting alien life. » 3/05/14 6:20am 3/05/14 6:20am

How we could start looking for alien transmitters in our solar system

SETI now has the technology to go snooping for extraterrestrials in our own backyard. No, not as close as little green men cutting up crop circles. Rather, we should be able to detect an alien device positioned somewhere between the sun to 30 times farther out than Pluto. » 10/17/13 1:30pm 10/17/13 1:30pm

The Day the Probes Hit

Only a few science fiction fans and futurists had heard of Von Neumann probes before that day in November when the pods smashed down. Some long-dead alien civilization had sent them out before they burped their last methane breaths. The probes' single goal was to spread life to the galaxy, which sounds great on… » 3/25/13 8:45pm 3/25/13 8:45pm

NASA probe will bring back pieces of an asteroid

Meet OSIRIS-REx, the NASA probe with the kingly name, which will be the first craft to visit an asteroid and bring pieces back to Earth. The probe, whose name stands for Origins Spectral-Interpretation Resource-Identification Security Regolith Explorer, launches in 2016. » 5/26/11 7:30am 5/26/11 7:30am

Controlling the Galaxy with Von Neumann Probes

It's time to start controlling the galaxy, and the best tool for the job is a self-replicating probe. Space probes that can go incredibly long distances, replicate themselves, and carry things like surveillance devices or molecular foundries, are the brainchild of mid-twentieth century futurist John Von Neumann. Often… » 3/06/08 9:42am 3/06/08 9:42am