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The Spanish instrument MEDA, ready to travel to Mars

After five intense years, the Department of Advanced Instrumentation of the CAB has delivered to JPL the flight elements of the MEDA instrument, which are being integrated into the Mars2020 rover that NASA will send next year to Mars.

 

First nano-sized organisms found in the hottest region on Earth

An international scientific team led by the CAB has discovered for the fists time the presence of microorganisms in the multi-extreme conditions of the Dallol volcano, the hottest region on Earth.

 

Murray Gell-Mann, Nobel Prize in Physics and a fundamental figure in the creation of CAB, passes away

The physicist Murray Gell-Mann has died this May 24, at 89 years of age. Gell-Mann participated very actively in the creation of the Astrobiology Center in 1999.

 

Discovered the galactic 'mammoths' of the young Universe

A scientific team led by CAB and UCM researchers has discovered some of the most massive and oldest galaxies in the Universe.

 

The Astrobiology Center participates in 'Astro 2020'

This is a survey carried out by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine of the USA to evaluate the current status of research in astrophysics and identify the priority areas of scientific research and technological development that these require.

 

In search of biomolecules that help us understand the origin of life

A team of researchers from the Center for Astrobiology has studied alkaline aerosols in simulations of dirty electrical storms, those that occur in the plumes of smoke and ash from volcanic eruptions.

 

Science and gastronomy united in the grand finale of the contest 'La Patata Marciana'

After an intense day in which the eight finalists of the contest have cooked their original recipes, they have risen with the victory Kiko Martns in the professional category, and Silvia Mañas in the amateur. The grand final was held at the restaurant La Zarola, Zaragoza.

 

What time is expected on Mars for today?

NASA's InSight mission will become the new meteorological service on Mars thanks to a tool resulting from collaboration between JPL, Cornell University and the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA)

 

The first three-dimensional images of viroids are published, using atomic force microscopy (AFM)

This work has been possible thanks to the collaboration between researchers of the Center of Astrobiology, the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid and the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants of Valencia.

 

What makes a star like you in a place like this?

A study led by the Center for Astrobiology reflects the discovery of very young and very massive stars on the outskirts of the Sextans-A galaxy.

 

Astronomers discover a star like the Sun in formation that could be building the bricks of life

This is reflected in a study led by the Queen Mary University in London and in which researchers from the Center for Astrobiology have participated.

 

The Anthropocene on Mars

What impact will the possible arrival of the human being have on Mars? How will the planet change with our presence? Find out the answer to these and other questions in this opinion piece by CAB researcher Alberto G. Fairén

 

New data from Gaia bring us closer to revealing how massive stars are formed

An international team in which CAB researchers participate has used data from the ESA Gaia mission to study the characteristics and properties of the Herbig Ae / Be stars.

 

HARMONI passes the design review and will become one of the first instruments of the future giant telescope ELT

The Center of Astrobiology is one of the main partners of the HARMONI consortium, which will now move to the detailed design phase, with the aim of being ready for the first observations of the ELT, scheduled for 2025.

 

In search of lost worlds: an exoplanet is discovered that quickly evaporates

An international team, with the participation of the CAB, has discovered that GJ 3470b, an exoplanet of the 'warm Neptune' type, has an extended upper atmosphere (exosphere) of neutral hydrogen.

 

Observe the evaporation of atmospheric helium from a giant planet

This detection has been possible thanks to CARMENES, a spectrograph installed in the telescope of the Calar Alto Observatory (Almería). The results of the study, in which the CAB participates, have been published in the journal Science.

 

Test campaign of the new reading module of the SOLID instrument

The Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) and INTA have carried out tests of the new optical configuration of SOLID in hydrothermal environments of the Chilean Andes.

 

The Center for Astrobiology returns to Mars

NASA's InSight mission has landed successfully on Mars with the TWINS instrument on board, developed at the Astrobiology Center. More than 200 people followed the landing from the CAB auditorium.

 

The CAB, recognized as a Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities

The Center for Astrobiology has received this distinction with the program 'Evaluating the emergence of life as a universal phenomenon through planetary exploration'.

 

The Astrobiology Center travels to Antarctica with the 'Wind Sledge'

The CAB participates in the expedition 'Anexida Inexplorada 2018-2019' that will start next December 1st.

 

Discovered a planet around the star Banard

The data indicate that it is a super-earth near the so-called 'ice line' of its star, so it is probably an icy world.

 

'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.

 

They discover evidence of the existence of a natural hydrogen maser in the center of NGC 253

They are shown in a study carried out by researchers from the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) and published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

 

The CAB and the INTA receive a facsimile of the map of Juan de la Cosa

The associations 'The Letter of Juan de la Cosa' and 'Naval University Militia' have donated a reproduction of the map of Juan de la Cosa, cosmographer and sailor of the 16th century.

 

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.

 

The Center for Astrobiology presents the project Cultura con C de Cosmos

Cultura con C de Cosmos is an interdisciplinary project coordinated by the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), in which astronomy and art dialogue in different museums and cultural institutions of Madrid, and has funding from FECYT, CSIC and INTA .

 

BepiColombo: objective Mercury

The CAB and INTA participate in the mission that ESA and JAXA have launched this October 20 from the French Guiana and that will reach Mercury in 2025.

 

The first spatial cooking competition is born: La Patata Marciana

The contest seeks to combine the best work of professionals in the kitchen with the knowledge of space and living conditions on Mars.

 

Detect the presence of viable cyanobacteria in the deep subsoil of Río Tinto

A study led by the Center for Astrobiology has detected these microorganisms more than 600 meters deep in the rock mass of the Iberian Pyrite Belt.

 

They discover extremophile organisms in the pink lagoon of Peña Hueca

A group of scientists, of which a researcher of the CAB is part, has discovered a microorganism in the Laguna de Peña Hueca that is capable of surviving the high concentrations of salt and sulfur in its waters.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Detection of biomarkers and metabolic pathways in the sediments of Andean glacial lakes and their application to planetary exploration

In the present study, led by the CAB, sediments of Andean glacial lakes are analyzed to characterize the evolution of the biological systems present. For this purpose, the SOLID instrument, developed at the Astrobiology Center, has been used.

 

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.

 

XVI International School of Astrobiology "Josep Comas i Solà". Santander, June 25-29, 2018.

The Summer School, entitled in this edition "Biomarkers: signs of life through space and time", has been organized by the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP) and NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), with the collaboration of the European Space Agency (ESA).

 

Observe the eruption produced by a black hole after destroying a star

For the first time, the formation and expansion of a jet of material expelled by a supermassive black hole by tearing a star has been photographed.

 

Discovering the interior of the galaxy NGC 5643

An international team, led by the Center for Astrobiology, has studied the nucleus of the galaxy NGC 5643 and has discovered a nuclear disk, as well as large amounts of ionized gas.

 

Curiosity discovers intense seasonal variations of atmospheric methane on Mars

In addition, the NASA rover has detected organic matter in rocks more than 3,500 million years old.

 

Discovered possible mechanisms used by viruses to adapt to the increase in environmental temperature

A scientific team from the Center for Astrobiology has demonstrated the great capacity of bacteriophages to adapt to the conditions of environmental change.

 

Unveiling the comma of the 67P comet from the hand of OSIRIS

Comets cometary, something like the 'atmospheres' of comets, have complex structures that can be studied through observation with telescopes.

 

SPICA, candidate for the next ESA M-class scientific mission

The SPICA infrared space telescope for cosmology and astrophysics has an important Spanish participation, through the Astrobiology Center, the INTA, the IAC and the University of La Laguna.

 

TWINS is already on its way to Mars

The InSight mission, of which it is part, was successfully launched on Saturday May 5 from the US west coast aboard the Atlas V rocket.

 

The sky is full of stars! Gaia and the Virtual Observatory

The Astrobiology Center develops analysis tools for the scientific exploration of the Gaia mission, a project whose objective is to map our galaxy with unprecedented precision.

 

A new way to understand the formation and evolution of rocky planets

An international team, with the participation of the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), has discovered a planetary system whose innermost exoplanet has the size of the Earth but a composition similar to Mercury.

 

Microorganisms in Atacama are reactivated with sporadic increases in humidity

An international team, with the participation of CAB, has revealed the presence of microorganisms that are reactivated and reproduced when there are exceptional episodes of humidity in one of the most arid areas of the Earth, the Atacama Desert (Chile), one of the terrestrial analogues. from Mars.

 

'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.

 

Development of Kinetic Inductance Superconducting Detectors

The CAB leads the Spanish development of this technology by carrying out all phases of the process, from its manufacture to the cryogenic characterization.

 

Detection and study of biomolecules in the Nunataks of Isla Livingston, Antarctica

CAB researchers Miriam García Villadangos and Miguel Ángel Fernández Martínez have traveled to Antarctica for the project 'Detection of Biomolecules in Planetary Exploration'. There they have studied the Antarctic Nunataks.

 

Daloll, a perfect analogue of Mars in Ethiopia

Several CAB researchers moved from January 19 to 28 to the Daloll hydrothermal zone, in the Danakil depression, in Ethiopia, within the EUROPLANET EPN 2020RI Project.

 

The formation of clays, key to know the climate of primitive Mars

An international team, led by a CAB researcher, has presented a new study in which the keys to the formation of clays on Mars are pointed out, which throws new clues to know the Martian climate about 3,500 million years ago.

 

Less than 90 days left for the launch of InSight

In May, NASA will send the InSight mission to Mars, in which the CAB participates with the development of TWINS, an environmental station composed of a temperature sensor and a wind sensor.

 

'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.

 

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.

 

The James Webb space telescope, tested

NASA presents the results obtained in the tests to which the James Webb telescope was subjected last summer. The CAB has participated in the development of two instruments: the NIRSpec and the MIRI.

 

The Center for Astrobiology begins its participation in the Antarctic Campaign 2017-2018

Researchers of the CAB depart today January 8 to Antarctica to be part of the XXXI Spanish Antarctic Campaign (2017-2018), which started in November. There they will study the Antarctic Nunataks as terrestrial analogues of Mars.

 

The secret is in the dough

An international team, in which researchers from the CAB have participated, has discovered an unexpected number of massive stars in the region of 30 Doradus star formation, from the neighboring galaxy Great Cloud of Magellan.

 

Discovered the poorest massive stars in metals known to date

A study conducted by CAB researcher Miriam García has led to the discovery of the first metal-poor massive stars in the irregular dwarf Sagittarius galaxy (SagDIG, Sagittarius Dwarf Irregular Galaxy). The study of these stars is key to understanding the formation of the first stars of the universe.

 

"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.

 

Discovered the umbilical cord of a star in formation

An international team led by researchers from the Center for Astrobiology has obtained surprising results after studying a planetary system in the process of formation.

 

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.

 

'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.

 

'MARS. THE CONQUEST OF A DREAM ', an exhibition that can be seen at the Fundación Telefónica, in Madrid.

It will be available from November 8, 2017 until March 4, 2018 and has the advice of INTA (through the CAB), ESA and INAF (Astronomical Observatory of Rome), in addition to the collaboration of LG and the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia.

 

Glaciers and ice layers as analogous environments of potentially habitable icy worlds

Earth is not the only planet that is partially covered with ice. Other planets and satellites in our Solar System also have large icy areas, glaciers and icy poles similar to terrestrial ones.

 

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).

 

Coogoon Valles: Evolution of a complex system of fluvial channels on Mars

Coogoon Valles is a complicated fluvial system that is on the extensive deposits of clays to the west of Arabia Terra, in Mars.

 

Let's look for life on Mars before it's too late

The magazine Astrobiology publishes a work led by researchers from the CAB in which the need to search for life on Mars before the human being puts a foot on its surface.

 

Hubble detects the first stratosphere of an exoplanet

An international team, led by the University of Exeter and in which the CAB participates, has found unequivocal evidence of a stratosphere on a giant planet outside of our Solar System.

 

XV International School of Astrobiology 'Josep Comas i Solà' (Santander, June 26-30, 2017)

Between June 26 and 30, 2017, the XV International School of Astrobiology "Josep Comas i Solà" was held at the Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander. The Summer School, entitled in this edition "The habitability of exoplanets", has been organized by the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP) and the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), counting on the participation of the European Space Agency (ESA).

 

Green light for DISH, the mission that will look for other habitable lands
06-20-2017

This mission, whose main scientific objective is the search and characterization of planetary systems of stars in the solar environment, has an important Spanish contribution, in which the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) and INTA will contribute both at a technological and scientific level .

 

A prebiotic molecule is detected in the environment of a forming Sun

A scientific team led by CAB researchers has used the data obtained with ALMA to detect a molecule of prebiotic interest in a region of star formation of stars similar to our Sun.

 

Campaign LMAP-SOLID 2017 in Rio Tinto

Between May 31 and June 9 a joint NASA-CAB campaign will take place in the area around the source of the Tinto River (Huelva). This is the last campaign planned within the LMAP project (Life-Detection Mars Analog Project, Project of detection of life in a Martian analogue), which has Brian Glass (NASA Ames Research Center, USA) as principal investigator and with Victor Parro , of the Astrobiology Center, as co-principal investigator.

 

Curiosity discovers evidence of a lake stratified in primitive Mars
01-06-2017

A scientific team with the participation of researchers from the Center for Astrobiology has used the data obtained by Curiosity to perform a geological reconstruction of the Gale crater environment, revealing the presence of an ancient stratified lake, which could remain present for tens of thousands or even millions of years. years.

 

Five-years Research Contract Ramón y Cajal (RyC) in the Centro de Astrobiología
06-01-2017

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.

 

Martian weather report with REMS

The team of researchers of the CAB that works with the Spanish instrument REMS on board the Curiosity rover of NASA, which is located in the Gale crater of Mars since August 2012, will prepare each Martian month (two terrestrial months) a detailed meteorological part of the planet Red. This is the first meteorological part about the weather in the Gale crater aimed at the general public, and will be based on the data collected by REMS and the simulations carried out with numerical models of meteorological prediction adapted to Mars.

 

A predoctoral student of the CAB, awarded at the Archimedes 2017 Contest

The aim of the Arquimedes University Competition is to promote the research spirit of young university students by awarding prizes to final research projects of the Bachelor's and Master's degrees at a national level. This year the XV edition of the Contest was held, with a total of 350 research works from a total of 49 Spanish universities, and in all areas of knowledge, including Humanities and Social Sciences; Experimental, Exact and Environmental Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Engineering and Architecture. CAB predoctoral student Víctor Román has been awarded in the 2017 edition with one of the prizes of the Contest.

 

Giant galaxies grow out of cold cosmic oceans
01-12-2016

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 history of the Monte Perdido glacier
28-11-2016

The CAB has participated in a study on the glacier of the Aragonese Pyrenees, identifying the present associations of microorganisms

 

ConCiencia about the CAB to the people of Madrid
11-08-2016

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

 

A new step from MEDA to Mars
04-11-2016

Today concludes the scientific meeting of the Spanish instrument that will go on the mission of NASA Mars 2020.

 

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.

 

Success of attendance at the Scientific End
29-10-2016

In all the sessions of the workshop developed by the CAB the poster was completed.

 

"Mars is in fashion"
10-22-2016

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

 

How to study billions of data and not die in the attempt?
21-09-2016

The Astrobiology Center develops analysis tools for the scientific exploitation of ESA's Gaia mission.

 

The role of aqueous aerosols in the origin of life
09-08-2016

CAB researchers identify glyoxylic acid in cyanide polymers synthesized in the presence of aqueous aerosols, supporting the "glyoxylate scenario" in prebiotic chemistry.

 

REMS, four years of knowing Mars
03-08-2016

Three days after celebrating the anniversary of Curiosity's arrival on Mars, the REMS IP evaluates the results obtained.

 

The XIV edition of the School of Astrobiology ends? Josep Comas I Solà?
12-07-2016

From June 20 to 24, the XIV International School of Astrobiology took place in Santander.

 

The CAB signs the agreement for the participation in HARMONI
27-06-2016

The HARMONI instrument for the E-ELT will allow to study, with unprecedented detail, from exoplanets to the first galaxies.

 

XIV International School of Astrobiology Josep Comas i Solà
17-06-2016

Analogous terrestrial environments for the search of life outside the Earth. From June 20 to 24 in Santander.

 

XXV Anniversary of the LAEFF

Interview with astrophysicist Benjamín Montesinos for the 25 years since the creation of the LAEFF, "precedent of the CAB".

 

Researchers of the CAB participate in TEDx Rivas Vaciamadrid
02-06-2016

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

 

RiboRed 2016, VII Meeting of the Spanish RNA Thematic Network
05-31-2016

The meeting, organized by CAB researchers Carlos Briones and Miguel Moreno, will take place on June 2 and 3.

 

The PO molecule, a step towards the origin of life in the universe
05-27-2016

It is detected, for the first time, the prebiotic molecule PO, crucial for the formation of DNA, in regions of star formation.

 

Deposits of mega-tsunami on Mars: new tracks on an ancient ocean
05-19-2016

The formations originated by the tsunamis have a great astrobiological interest since they can be frozen brines from an ancient ocean of water.

 

One more year, the CAB in Science City

Paracuellos de Jarama is the first town that will visit the Astrobiology Center with the workshop Looking for life in the universe.

 

Rio Tinto, Martian training camp

The Astrobiology Center coordinates the simulations of the MOONWALK project for a future human and robotic mission to Mars.

 

Europlanet will travel to Ethiopia to perform astrobiological studies

The team of the Astrobiology Center participating in Europlanet will move to the extreme environment of Dallol.

 

First edition of the CAB Student Talks

Juan José Urbano-Mayorgas, Joana Lima, José Jordán, Alba San José, Margot Roig and Diego de la Fuente have participated in this edition.

 

Hubble discovers the giant's lair

The software that optimizes the detection of stars has been developed by one of the current CAB researchers.

 

The Raman Laser Spectrometer (RLS) in ExoMars

The Astrobiology Center participates in the development of the RLS instrument that will go on board the robotic mission that ESA will send to Mars in 2018.

 

From the CAB to the Moon with TVE
03-03-2016

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
18-02-2016

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

 

Successful days of space instrumentation conclude

The meeting brought together more than 130 researchers who shared the advances in the field of astronomical instrumentation.

 

Objective: Europe

Europe M5 Initiative Meeting. From February 29 to March 1, at the Astrobiology Center.

 

RIA-SpaceTec with the future of astronomical instrumentation in Spain

The workshop coordinated by the CAB is held from 10 to 12 February and involves about twenty national and international organizations, both public and private

 

SOLID explores Atacama

The Center for Astrobiology participates in the ARADS project campaign, from NASA, testing the SOLID instrument in the Chilean desert.

 

The "great model of Mars" is ready for MOONWALK

Interview with Víctor Parro, head of the Astrobiology Center in the MOONWALK project.

 

Thirteen years of the first complete genome sequenced in Spain

In January 2003, the study that collects the first complete genome sequenced entirely in Spain was published in the journal PNAS.

 

The planetary search engine 'CARMENES' successfully passes its testing phase

Scientists and engineers from the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) have participated in the design and construction of CARMENES, a new "planet hunter".

 

How to extract knowledge from millions of data?

European astronomers learn to exploit the data files in the first school of the ASTERICS Virtual Observatory in the Astrobiology Center.

 

Zoé Magazine Number 3
01-12-2015

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

 

A new algorithm allows detecting errors in massive nucleic acid sequencing

The PBF algorithm minimizes the problem in nucleotide readings by calculating the error probability distribution of a sequence from its quality parameters.

 

In the bowels of Mars

Interview with CAB researcher Alberto González Fairén, from the Department of Planetology and Habitability.

 

A new dimension: 3D visualization redefines the architecture of the Milky Way near the Sun

A team of astrophysicists led by Hervé Bouy of the CAB has used modern techniques to visualize in 3D the spatial distribution of massive stars in the solar neighborhood.

 

The CAB: a regular at the Science Week in Madrid

The Center hosted activities from November 2 to 13, both in its facilities in Torrejón de Ardoz and in Robledo de Chavela.

 

CAB researchers find new genes involved in high salinity resistance

Among the most extreme natural habitats on Earth are hypersaline environments and their study entails important astrobiological implications for their presence in other planetary bodies.

 

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.

 

A mortal kiss between stars
10-26-2015

An international team of astronomers, including several researchers from the Center for Astrobiology, has discovered VFTS352, a very hot and massive double star system located in our own galaxy.

 

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.

 

A journey towards the origins
25-09-2015

The book "Origins: the universe, life, humans", a work written by the cosmologist Alberto Fernández Soto, the biochemist Carlos Briones and the paleoanthropologist José María Bermúdez de Castro, has just been published in the Drakontos collection of the Crítica publishing house.

 

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
22-09-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (SINC-FECYT)

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

 

Success of assistance at ExpoAstronómica 2015
19-09-02915

Numerous public visits the ExpoAstronómica 2015 fair and attends the workshops of the Astrobiology Center

 

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 diario.es)

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

 

Rain or storm
11-08-2015

The most famous star shower returns as every year in mid-August

 

Three years of Martian meteorology
06-08-2015

It's been three years since Curiosity arrived on Mars loaded with instruments to study the conditions of habitability, one of them, the environmental station designed in the Center of Astrobiology

 

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

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

 

Molecular panspermia or primordial soup
07-30-2015

Philae finds organic compounds in Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko considered precursors of life

 

Nuria Huélamo awarded by the BBVA Foundation
27-07-2015

The second edition of the BBVA Foundation Aid for Researchers and Cultural Creators promotes 63 outstanding talents in 11 areas of science and culture

 

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

 

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

 

We want to found life in Mars
10-07-2015

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

 

Unveiled the origin of cometary wells
01-07-2015

The activity observed with the OSIRIS camera, aboard the mission Rosetta (ESA), in the "wells" of the comet 67P allows to determine what is the origin of these circular depressions found in several comets

 

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

 

Ends the XIII International School of Astrobiology "Josep Comas i Solà"
03/07/2015

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

 

Hunting for the black hole in the heart of the Milky Way
29-06-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (20minutos.es)

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

 

How life emerged
25-06-2015

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

 

Happy New Year Curiosity
19-06-2015

A new year on Mars begins when Curiosity, after 1019 soles, has already traveled more than 10 km

 

NASA signs with INTA and CDTI the incorporation of Spanish technology in its next missions to Mars
06-16-2015

TWINS, an improved version of the REMS instrument, for the InSight mission and the MEDA environmental station, also provided by the CAB, and a high gain antenna, for the Mars2020 mission, will be the Spanish additions to the next NASA missions to Mars

 

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.

 

Success of assistance in the VI Scientific Finde
01-06-2015

Once again the laboratory-mobile truck of the Astrobiology Center was present at the Scientific End

 

The Astrobiology Center again at the Madrid Scientific End
05-28-2015

The VI Scientific Finde de Madrid will have the activity "Looking for life in the Universe" with which the CAB intends to make closer the Astrobiology

 

NASA Begins Testing Mars Lander for Next Mission to Red Planet

NASA Begins Testing Mars Lander for Next Mission to Red Planet

 

Searching LIFE in the Universe travels to Galicia
05-20-2015

Astrobiology workshops were held on the 19th and 20th of May at the Casa de la Cultura in Cangas de Morrazo

 

ASTERICS relaunches European astronomy
06-05-2015

Astronomers and astroparticle physicists celebrate today the beginning of ASTERICS (Astronomy ESFRI and Research Infrastructure Cluster), a project of the European Union endowed with 15 million euros that will help solve the Big Data challenges of European astronomy and will provide the general public a direct interactive access to some of the best images and astronomical data

 

A neighbor superjupiter on 05-05-2015

Taken the image of a giant planet eleven times more massive than Jupiter only 40 light-years from Earth This super-Jupiter is orbiting a separation of 100 Astronomical Units (AU) around a red dwarf in the constellation of the Raven

 

Detected with REMS liquid water in the nights of Mars
04-23-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (NATURE GEOSCIENCE)

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

 

Sant Josep, last stop of the activity Searching for LIFE in the Universe in the Balearic Islands on 04-24-2015

On the 23rd and 24th, the Astrobiology workshops were held at the IES Sant Agustí and at the IES Algarb.

 

Hubble turns 25 years old. The importance of a good tool
23-04-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (QUO)

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
04-23-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (QUO)

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

 

Calvià, second stop of "Searching for LIFE in the Universe" by the Balearic Islands on 04-21-2015

On the 20th and 21st the Astrobiology workshops have filled the spaces of the IES Son Ferrer in Calvià

 

Mahón hosted the Astrobiology workshops "Looking for Life in the Universe"
17-04-2015

For two days Astrobiology has filled the Center d'Art i Història Hernández Sanz (Ca n'Oliver) of Mahón.

 

How important is to know the age
13-03.2013

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

 

Stars like the sun also explode when they die
16-02-2015

IRAS 15103-5754, a newly created planetary nebula, provides new clues about the death of Sun-like stars

 

On the shoulders of giants - Black holes in the heart of galaxies
16-02-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (RTVE)

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 (20minutos.es)

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

 

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
07-01-2015

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

 

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.

 

Nanotechnology at the service of virology
30-01-2015

A group of Spanish scientists, led by researchers from the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, INTA-CSIC), develops a method based on atomic force microscopy to study the structure of a key region in the genome of hepatitis C virus.

 

Much more than a star
27-01-2015

A detailed study led by Spanish astrophysicists on the Sigma Orionis multiple stellar system has allowed to determine the physical parameters of the most massive stars that compose it with unprecedented precision.

 

Appointment with a comet
22-01-2015

Science magazine publishes a special issue about the findings of the Rosetta mission, in orbit around Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko since August 2014 providing the most accurate and complete vision ever obtained of a comet.

 

Students of the IES San Agustín de Guadalix visit the CAB on 01-22-2015

A group with students of 1st of Bachiller and 4th of ESO of IES San Agustín de Guadalix visit the CAB

 

Students of the IES City of Poets visit the CAB on 01-20-2015

A group with 40 students of 2nd year of Bachelor of the IES City of Poets visit the CAB

 

CESAR: telescopes for education
19-01-.2015

The space available to students. Everything is ready for European students and university students to become astronomers.

 

Found Beagle-2 on Mars
01-16-2015

The Beagle-2, led by the United Kingdom, which arrived on Mars aboard ESA's Mars Express mission and was lost on Mars in 2003, has been found thanks to images taken by one of NASA's orbiters at Red planet.

 

Is there anything left to tell about black holes?
07-01-2015 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (20minutos.es)

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.

 

Available the video of the Scientific Day of Homage to Joan Oró on 12-23-2014

The work of Joan Oró was fundamental during the first steps in the study of the origin of life and, therefore, for the emergence of Astrobiology as a scientific discipline. The Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) wants to pay homage to this illustrious Spanish scientist when it is 10 years since his death.

 

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.

 

Tribute to Joan Oró on 04-12-2014

The work of Joan Oró was fundamental during the first steps in the study of the origin of life and, therefore, for the emergence of Astrobiology as a scientific discipline. The Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) wants to pay homage to this illustrious Spanish scientist when it is 10 years since his death.

 

EVOLVE! awarded by 11-28-2014

EVOLVE !, the video of ESCUELAB with the collaboration of the UCC of the CAB, wins the Prize for the Dissemination of Scientific and Technological Knowledge in the XXVII Biennial International of Scientific Cinema of Ronda.

 

Awarded in the Science in Action contest, they visit the CAB on 27-11-2014

Students from CEIP Salvador de Madariaga from Daganzo (Madrid) visited the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA).

 

Two stars in one
25-11-2014

A study on the binary system "MY Camelopardalis", published by the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, in which a CAB researcher participates, shows that the most massive stars are formed by fusion of smaller ones, as predicted by theoretical models

 

Searching LIFE in the Universe makes a stop in Villanueva de la Serena on 25-11-2014

Astrobiology workshops have been held at the Casa de la Cultura on 25 and 26 November

 

A CAB research group at the prestigious NASA Awards on 19-11-2014

Today the prestigious NASA Awards have been given to the research groups that have excelled in the effort to advance science, outreach and education.

 

Open Doors Day for deafblind people in the CAB | 14-11-2014

More than twenty deafblind people visited the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) during the Open Door Day within the Science Week.

 

Start GLORIA on 11-11-2014

GLORIA, the European project with participation of the CAB to offer the use of astronomical telescopes in the network, begins to work.

 

Searching LIFE in the Universe in the Botanical Garden of Alcalá during the Week of Science 11-11-2014

The Astrobiology tallleres have taken place in the Botanical Garden of the University of Alcalá.

 

Open Doors Day at the CAB on 07-11-2014

About thirty people have visited the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) during the Open House Day within the Science Week.

 

How to understand the climate of Mars
06-11-2014

The European Research Council finances the IcyMars project of the Astrobiology Center with one and a half million euros.

 

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.

 

Searching LIFE in the Universe in the CEV of Robledo during the Week of Science | 04-11-2014

The astrobiology workshops have taken place at the NASA Training and Visitors Center in Robledo de Chavela.

 

The CAB collaborates in the course for teachers "Astrobiology and Cosmology"
31-10-2014

Organized by the Madrid-West CTIF and taught by CAB scientists, the course is aimed at science teachers

 

Puerto del Rosario, last stop of Buscando VIDA in the Universe in the Canaries, 23-10-2014

On the 23rd and 24th, the Astrobiology workshops are held at the El Charco Polyvalent Center.

 

Two Swedish craters are the first test of the double collision of an asteroid against the Earth
23-10-2014 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (SINC-FECYT)

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.

 

Searching for Life in the Universe at IES Saulo Torón de Gáldar
20-10-2014

On days 20 and 21, scientists from the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) hold informative workshops.

 

The activity Searching LIFE in the Universe visits La Orotava
17-10-2014

On days 16 and 17 the Astrobiology workshops have filled the spaces of the House of Culture of San Agustín, in La Orotava.

 

Chemistry in the molecular clouds of the Galactic Center
16-10-2014 THESIS OF THE CAB

Jairo Vladimir Armijos Abendaño defended in Room 201 of Module 15 of the Faculty of Sciences of the Autonomous University of Madrid his thesis work entitled "Chemistry in the molecular clouds of the Galactic Center" directed by Jesús Martín-Pintado Martín obtaining the qualification of Outstanding "Cum Laude".

 

Los Llanos de Aridane hosted the Astrobiology workshops "Looking for Life in the Universe"
15-10-2014

For two days Astrobiology has filled the House of Culture of Los Llanos de Aridane.

 

We prepare to look for traces of life on Mars
13-10-2014

A CAB research group is part of one of the teams selected by the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) in its new program to study the origin, evolution, distribution and future of LIFE in the Universe.

 

tres14 - Origen
05-10-2014 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (RTVE)

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

 

Master's Degree in Astrobiology
19-09-2014

The Master's Degree in Astrobiology, fruit of a joint work between the Center of Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) and the University of Alcalá (UAH), begins its journey in this present course.

 

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

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?

 

MEDA selected for Mars2020
31-07-2014

MEDA, one of the instruments proposed by the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) for the Mars2020 mission, has been selected to travel to Mars

 

Press conference of Mars2020
07-07-2014

Joint press conference of the IPs of the instruments selected for the Mars2020 mission

 

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?

 

The role of low-mass star clusters in the formation of massive stars
24-07-2014 THESIS OF THE CAB

Víctor M. Rivilla defended in the Hall of Degrees of Module 8 of the Faculty of Sciences of the Autonomous University of Madrid his thesis work entitled "The role of low-mass star clusters in the formation of massive stars" led by Jesús Martín- Painted obtaining the qualification of Outstanding "Cum Laude".

 

A group of the CAB visits the Asbestos Center of Yebes
11-07-2014

A group of researchers and engineers of the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) was visiting the facilities of the Yebes Astronomical Center (Guadalajara)

 

The Universe of the very small
10-07-2014

The book "The nanoworld in your hands: The keys to nanoscience and nanotechnology" has just been published. Two researchers from the Center for Astrobiology are coauthors.

 

Delivered TWINS, the CAB instrument for the NASA InSight mission
08-07-2014

After successfully passing a Critical Design Review of the Mission, NASA and its international partners frantically went to work to build the new Mars explorer that will be launched in 2016. At the end of June, the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) delivered its contribution to JPL: the TWINS instrument.

 

Design and implementation of scientific instrumentation based on vacuum technology. (Injection of liquid solutions in ultra high vacuum and simulation chamber of planetary atmospheres MARTE) 30-06-2014 THESIS OF CAB

Jesús Manuel Sobrado Vallecillo defended in the Institute of Materials Sciences of Madrid (CSIC) his thesis work entitled "Design and implementation of scientific instrumentation based on vacuum technology. (Injection of liquid solutions in ultra high vacuum and atmospheric simulation chamber. planetariums MARTE) "directed by José Ángel Martín Gago obtaining the qualification of Outstanding" Cum Laude ".

 

Physical and chemical complexity in the molecular cloud Orion KL
27-06-2014 CAB THESIS

Gisela Bañó Esplugues defended her thesis work at the Complutense University of Madrid entitled "Physical and chemical complexity in the Orion KL molecular cloud" directed by José Cernicharo Quintanilla and Javier Rodríguez Goicoechea, obtaining the "Cum Laude" qualification.

 

Contemplation of the Zumaya K-T limit at the XII International School of Astrobiology
26-06-2014

The geological remains allow dating relevant events for Astrobiology. The K-T limit is one of the best evidences of a change in the habitability conditions of the Earth some 65 million years ago. The students of the XII International School of Astrobiology have had the opportunity to contemplate this fossil record.

 

Marine observation at the XII International School of Astrobiology
06-25-2014

The search of environments with astrobiological interest can be done in many ways and in different places. One of the practices of the students of the XII International School of Astrobiology has consisted of a marine observation with that objective.

 

It is more interesting to find another kind of life than to populate Mars
THE CAB IN THE MEDIA 25-06-2014 (EFE)

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
24-06-2014 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (UIMP)

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
24-06-2014 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (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
24-06-2014 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (SINC-FECYT)

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.

 

Follow the XII International School of Astrobiology Live «Josep Comas i Solà» 23-06-2014

This year the XII International School of Astrobiology "Josep Comas i Solà" deals with the theme "Habitable environments in the Universe". Organized by the Menéndez Pelayo International University in collaboration with the Astrobiology Center and the NASA Astrobiology Institute, this prestigious School is held at the Palacio de la Magdalena, in Santander.

 

How are the habitable worlds 18-06-2014

Next Monday begins the XII International School of Astrobiology "Josep Comas i Solà", this year on the theme "Habitable environments in the Universe". Organized by the Menéndez Pelayo International University in collaboration with the Center for Astrobiology and the NASA Astrobiology Institute, this prestigious School is held at the Palacio de la Magdalena, in Santander

 

The disclosure available to everyone
05-06-2014 THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (20minutos.es)

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 20minutos.es)

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.

 

2D kinematic characterization of a representative sample of luminous and ultraluminous infrared galaxies ...
02-06-2014 CAB THESIS

Enrica Bellochi defended her thesis work entitled "2D kinematic characterization of a representative sample of light and ultraluminous infrared galaxies (LIRGs and ULIRGs) in the Faculty of Sciences of the Autonomous University of Madrid." An analysis based on `kinemetry 'of the data from VIMOS / VLT observed with the unit of integral field spectroscopy (IFU) "directed by Santiago Arribas Mocoroa and Luis Colina Robledo obtaining the qualification of Outstanding" Cum Laude ".

 

The SEK-Ciudalcampo School visits the CAB | 05-30-2014

A group of 40 students of the SEK-Ciudalcampo School visits the Astrobiology Center. For more than two hours they were in the center doing a tour of their laboratories and receiving explanations of the scientific activity that takes place in them.

 

The InSigth mission approved for 2016
27-05-2014

After successfully passing a Critical Design Review of the Mission, NASA and its international partners, with the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CISC-INTA), have to start the construction of a new Mars explorer that will be launched in 2016

 

A VLT-SINFONI Study of Local Luminous and Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies
23-05-2014 CAB'S THESIS

Javier Piqueras López defended in the Faculty of Mathematics of the Complutense University of Madrid his thesis titled "A VLT-SINFONI Study of Local Luminous and Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies" directed by Luis Colina Robledo and Santiago Arribas Mocoroa obtaining the qualification of Outstanding "Cum Laude. "

 

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 formation of the magnetars uncovered
05-14-2014

An international team in which a researcher from the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) has found evidence that could be key to understanding how magnetars are formed. The study is published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics .

 

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.

 

The University for the Elderly of the UCM visits the CAB on 04-28-2014

A group of 45 students from the UCM Senior University visit the Astrobiology Center. For more than two hours they were in the center doing a tour of their laboratories and receiving explanations of the scientific activity that takes place in them.

 

The surprising phenomenon of the Hexagon on Saturn
24-04-2014

An international group, led by the Planetary Sciences Group of the UPV / EHU, in which researchers from the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) are involved, reveals some of the secrets of the mysterious hexagonal wave of Saturn's north pole. The study is on the cover of the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

 

Treat the water efficiently
11-04-14

The SMART WETLAND project, involving researchers from the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA), integrates wastewater treatment with new technologies and combines its treatment in small populations with technological elements to improve the management and efficiency of wastewater treatment. artificial wetlands collecting the concepts of biolectrogenic wetland.

 

Mars at home
03-26-2014

A group of researchers from the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA), in collaboration with the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid (ICMM, CSIC), has built a machine capable of simulating the atmospheric conditions of the planet Mars. This camera, installed in the CAB, is intended to test different types of instrumentation that are developed to fly towards the Red Planet. In this system atmospheric conditions similar to the one that the instruments are going to be found there can be reproduced, and therefore they can be calibrated and optimized with precision.

 

Discovered the origin of the acidity of the Tinto River
25-03-2014

From the studies developed within the project IPBSL (Iberian Pyrite Belt Subsurface Life Detection) by the research group of the Center for Astrobiology, it is shown that the origin of the acidic waters of the Tinto River is mainly due to the interaction of underground aquifers with different geological units that contain significant amounts of massive metal sulfides. The result is published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

 

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
03-12-2014. THE CAB IN THE MEDIA (SINC)

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.

 

ESA selects the mission PLATO
02-20-2014

The PLATO mission, with the objective of searching for exoplanets, has been selected by ESA for its Cosmic Vision 2015-25 program. In the PLATO mission, researchers from the Astrobiology Center participate.

 

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.

 

The close connection between chemistry and life
10-02-2014

The first living beings emerged in heterogeneous media that made possible a sufficiently complex chemistry, according to a work published in the magazine 'Chemical Reviews' in which a researcher of the Center for Astrobiology participates. The study includes an exhaustive review of six decades of research in the field of the origin and early evolution of life.

 

Molecular mechanisms of adaptation to temperature changes in Antarctic bacteria Shewanella frigidimarina
07-02-2014. CAB THESIS

Laura García Descalzo defended in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Complutense University of Madrid her thesis titled "Molecular mechanisms of adaptation to temperature changes in the Antarctic bacterium Shewanella frigidimarina" directed by Cristina Cid Sánchez obtaining the qualification of Outstanding "Cum Laude "

 

Ultraviolet spectroscopy and photodesorption of interstellar ice
30-01-2014. CAB THESIS

Gustavo Adolfo Cruz Díaz defended his thesis work at the Autonomous University of Madrid entitled "Ultraviolet spectroscopy and interstellar ice fotodesorción" directed by Guillermo Muñoz Caro obtaining the qualification of Outstanding "Cum Laude".

 

The universe more at hand
01-21-2014

The European GLORIA project, in which researchers from the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) participate, presents an application to navigate in time and space through the Universe from the computer.

 

Discovered a process to form molecules in space
21-01-2014

A multidisciplinary team of CSIC led by researchers from the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) discovers an efficient way to explain the formation of PAHs in the interstellar medium in a paper presented in the journal Nature Communications

 

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

 

NANOCOSMOS: a project led by the CAB obtains the highest European funding
20-12-2013

The European Research Council (ERC) awards a Synergy Grant to the NANOCOSMOS project led by researchers from the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA)

 

Sunset and death of a planet
13-12-2013

For the first time a planet is detected around a red giant star in the final phase of its life Researchers from several institutions, led by Jorge Lillo-Box and David Barrado, from the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA), have studied the system formed by a giant red star and its planet (Kepler-91b), whose orbit is extraordinarily close to the star. The star, a giant also called KOI-2133 and which is now in a process of expanding its outer layers, will end up devouring the planet

 

Noble gases also combine in space
13-12-2013

An international team, with the participation of the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), observing the Crab Nebula in the infrared with the HERSCHEL space observatory has found the first evidence of a molecule based on argon noble gas in space

 

ALHAMBRA opens its archive with more than half a million objects

The Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), through the Spanish Virtual Observatory project, is responsible for the development and management of the ALHAMBRA data file

 

New data on the formation of relativistic jets in black holes

A researcher from the University of Barcelona, ​​who is currently working as a visiting researcher at the Center for Astrobiology, participates in this study in which the composition of the relativistic jets emitted from the disks of black holes has been found

 

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

Iñaki Gabilondo interviews Montserrat Villar in CANAL +

 

Meeting of scientific advisory groups of the scientific program of ESA

During October 21 and 22, at the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) and at the Astrobiology Center (CAB, CSIC-INTA), the scientific advisory groups of the ESA Scientific Program will meet.

 

The CAB joins the day of mourning for science

At 12:00 in the morning the researchers of the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) have shown their support for the initiative by keeping a minute of silence

 

Collaboration astronaut-robot: Training for planetary missions

European researchers with the participation of the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) develop training techniques for planetary missions. The simulation for the missions to Mars will be carried out in the "Martian analogue" of the Rio Tinto area (Huelva)

 

Delivered to NASA the NIRSpec instrument for the next space telescope

NIRSpec, one of the scientific instruments of the JWST, is delivered by ESA to NASA
This instrument has had Spanish participation in the construction and with scientists from the Astrobiology Center in its scientific team

 

DANCe: measuring the dance of the stars

A team of astronomers, led by a member of AstroMadrid working at the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), has developed an automatic survey to calculate, with a precision never before reached in such large areas, the movement of stars and brown dwarfs in nearby star groups

 

Discarded the presence of pure ice of amorphous carbon dioxide in space

A study by CSIC and INTA identifies in the laboratory a spectral band not detected in spatial observations. The results have been published in the magazine 'PNAS'

 

SOLID: an instrument to detect life in planetary exploration

A team of scientists from the Center for Astrobiology is studying extreme microorganisms in the Arctic as a preliminary step for the validation of SOLID for the detection of life in planetary exploration

 

A flight to the black hole of the galaxy

An international team of scientists with the participation of the Center for Astrobiology studies the gas around the black hole of the Milky Way in the first flight of SOFIA in the southern hemisphere

 

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.

 

Press conference of the second phase of the IPBSL project

The second phase consists of the distribution of probes in the wells to study the metabolic activity and the geomicrobiological parameters

 

Measures of metabolic activity in the subsoil of Río Tinto

A team of engineers and scientists of the Astrobiology Center will install probes in the subsoil of Rio Tinto to study the metabolic activity

 

Detected the ammonium ion in space

A multidisciplinary team of researchers led by the Center for Astrobiology and the Institute of Structure of Matter has detected the ammonium ion, NH4 +, for the first time in space

 

Extraterrestrial Book, new title of the collection "What do we know about ...? Of the CSIC

Javier Gómez-Elvira (director of the CAB and IP of REMS) and Daniel Martín Mayorga are the authors of Extraterrestrials

 

Book review Exoplanetas

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

 

The HERSCHEL mission completes its operations

On Monday, June 17, 2013, Martin Kessler, Head of the Science Operations Department of ESA, from the ESOC main control room in Darmstadt, sent the remote control to disconnect Herschel. Previously, the fuel that was left was used to leave L2 and leave it in a heliocentric orbit in which it will remain for eternity, which they have begun to call a "museum orbit"

 

The Department of Astrophysics of the CAB rejects the cuts to the Calar Alto Observatory

With this statement, it is added to the position expressed by the Spanish Society of Astronomy and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia.

 

César Menor Save winner of the 4th Edition of the "Salvador Senent" award

The Royal Spanish Societies of Physics and Chemistry call the prize "SALVADOR SENENT"

 

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.

 

The Center for Astrobiology is present at the Fourth Scientific End of Madrid

With the activity "Looking for Life in the Universe", the CAB intends to make Astrobiology closer by participating again in the Scientific End, a Science Festival in Madrid, organized by the National Museum of Science and Technology, which brings together same framework to scientists, educators and students

 

Herschel observes hot gas near the black hole at the center of the Milky Way

An international team, led by a researcher at the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), finds hot molecular gas that could be orbiting or falling towards the supermassive black hole hidden in the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The data has been obtained using observations carried out with Herschel, ESA's Far-Infrared Space Observatory, and the article is published in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters of May 7, 2013

 

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.

 

The shape of the craters provides clues about the direction of asteroid impacts

An international group led by a researcher at the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) has found a new method to determine the inclination of meteorite impacts

 

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

 

More than 10 years of Astrobiology

On January 14, 2003, the building of the Astrobiology Center (CAB, CSIC-INTA) was inaugurated. Ten years have passed in which many achievements have been achieved

 

Network competition

A new theory developed by a Spanish team in which a researcher from the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) participates, discovers optimal strategies of competition in the field of social, biological and technological networks in a work published in the journal Nature Physics

 

Mercury is no longer the smallest planet

Kepler-37b has just unseated Mercury as the smallest planet thanks to the work of an international team involving researchers from the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) published in the journal Nature

 

"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.

 

GAIA will unveil the secrets of the coldest stars of the Milky Way

At the end of 2013, the European Space Agency (ESA) will put into orbit the GAIA mission that will be able to find out the physical characteristics of tens of thousands of the coldest stars of the Milky Way. Researchers of the CAB have participated in the validation of the method that will be used in the mission for this purpose

 

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

 

Detected a 'hot jupiter' anomalously not very dense

An international team of scientists, including researchers from the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), has discovered a new exoplanet, the first detected with WTS, for which reason it has been named WTS-1b. This 'hot Jupiter' has a radius somewhat "inflated" for its mass

 

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

 

Jesús Martínez Frías elected President of the International Association of Geoethics

The International Association of Geoethics (IAGETH) was founded in August 2012 in Brisbane (Australia) in the framework of the 34th International Geological Congress.

 

Production of extracellular DNA in a natural Bacillus subtilis strain

Doctoral thesis of the CAB

December 17, 2012 at 12:00

Hall of degrees (module 8) of the Faculty of Sciences of the Autonomous University

 

CAB researchers discover how bacterium Bacillus subtilis releases media copies of its genome

This discovery supposes a step more in the knowledge of the mechanisms of exchange of genes between similar microorganisms. A research team from the Center for Astrobiology (CAB / CSIC-INTA) sheds light on the function of extracellular DNA in evolution through horizontal gene transfer, ie between similar microorganisms, in the bacterium model Bacillus subtilis. The results of his research are published in the international journal PLoS One

 

"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

 

Discovered a "camouflaged" cluster between the Earth and the Orion Nebula

A team of researchers, including Hervé Bouy, of the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), has discovered what appears to be a "camouflaged" star cluster between Earth and the cluster of the Orion Nebula.

 

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

 

The CAB at the Science Week in Madrid

The Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) participates with various activities in the Science Week in Madrid, which will take place from November 5 to 18. Open days, experiments with the mobile laboratory and radio astronomy observations stand out

 

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.

 

Jesús Martínez Frías awarded with one of the Plates of Honor of the Spanish Association of Scientists

For 15 years now, the Spanish Association of Scientists has been distinguishing researchers and companies that have been characterized by their outstanding scientific and technological work, both in the field of basic science and in applied science and innovation.

 

Finding new genes that allow bacteria to adapt conditions of extreme acidity

A research group from the Department of Molecular Evolution of the Center for Astrobiology has discovered fifteen new genes that confer resistance to acidity in bacteria.

 

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.

 

Visit of NASA administrator, Charles F. Bolden, to the Center for Astrobiology

On September 27, NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden visited the facilities of the Astrobiology Center (CAB) at the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid).

 

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.

 

Scientists of the CAB participate in the organization of the 2nd World Forum on Sustainability

Research on sustainability and sustainable development is progressing rapidly and requires the multidisciplinary interaction of diverse institutions and organizations around the world.

 

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

 

The Center for Astrobiology organizes in Madrid the European Congress of Planetary Sciences 2012

It is the first time that Spain has hosted an EPSC, organized on this occasion by the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), at the IFEMA fairground, from September 23 to 28.

 

The Gran Canarias Telescopio (GTC) allows you to observe previously never seen details of several stars and brown dwarfs in the Orionis sigma cluster

The researcher who leads this study is José Antonio Caballero, of the Department of Astrophysics of the Astrobiology Center. Some observations were carried out under non-optimal meteorological conditions, still obtaining high quality data.

 

"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

 

First REMS data received from Mars

After the successful landing of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), and with the Curiosity rover exploring the Martian surface, the first data of the Spanish instrument REMS (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station), whose construction has led the Astrobiology Center (CAB, CSIC-INTA)

 

INSTRUCTIONS AND PROGRAM OF THE ACT AT THE CENTRO DE ASTROBIOLOGÍA (CAB / CSIC-INTA) ON THE GROUND OF THE LANDING OF MSL IN MARS (06-08-12)

INSTRUCTIONS Those who bring their own vehicle will be directed to a tent where they can park and, from there, they will be transferred by bus to the CAB. This bus will be available from 06:00. We recommend being there before 06:30 to avoid possible crowds. We pray punctuality. The act will be followed by the social networks of the CAB *. It will also be broadcast live via streaming through rtsp: //roa.cti.csic.es/cab.sdp.

 

The CAB at the International Geological Congress

The International Geological Congress (IGC), founded in 1876, is the most important global forum in the field of Earth Sciences, co-sponsored by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). The IGC is held every four years and this time it will take place its 34th edition in Brisbane (Australia), with the participation of more than 5000 experts in Geosciences.

 

Next Monday, August 6: landing on Mars

There is only a week left until the mission of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), with the Curiosity rover, arrives on Mars. The Spanish instrument REMS (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station), whose construction has led the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA), will monitor the environmental conditions of the exploration area of ​​the rover. The CAB has organized a special day for those who want to be direct witnesses of its entry into the atmosphere of Mars and the landing on its surface, the so-called "seven minutes of panic".

 

New building of the CAB in ESAC, which is consolidated as one of the main centers of science and space activity in Europe.

ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Center, in Villanueva de la Cañada (Madrid), is the scientific headquarters of the astronomy and planetary exploration missions of the European Space Agency (ESA), and in recent years its functions have become important growing.

 

Meteorology of Mars in Schools

The CAB, sponsored by EUROPLANET RI, launches the educational project "Meteorology of Mars in Schools" with the objective of familiarizing students with the collection of environmental data and relating them to meteorology on Mars. In this way, they are helped to understand how meteorological variables evolve daily and seasonally and how they are taken into account to make a weather forecast. The main protagonist of this educational project, in addition to the students themselves, is the REMS environmental station, designed in the CAB, which travels aboard NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission to Mars where it will arrive on August 6. There will begin to take data from the Martian environment for two years that will be essential to assess if the conditions on Mars are adequate for life.

 

Experts meet in Cartagena to highlight the role of technological developments in astronomical research

The Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) organizes the summer course of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena "Astronomy and technological developments", which takes place from July 23 to 25

 

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."

 

Landing on Mars: the seven minutes of panic

After its successful launch on November 26, 2011, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, with NASA's Curiosity rover, continues its journey to Mars. On board the mission is the Spanish instrument REMS (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station), which will monitor the environmental conditions of the rover's exploration area, and whose construction has led the Astrobiology Center (CAB, CSIC-INTA). The landing is scheduled to take place next August 6. In order to involve the public in this event, the CAB organizes several activities so that attendees can witness their entry into the atmosphere and landing, the so-called "seven minutes of panic".

 

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 ELMUNDO.es, 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

 

CURIOSITY will arrive to Mars at dawn on August 6, 2012

The mission MSL of NASA travels through space since its launch at a speed of 45,000 km / h. and is scheduled to enter the gravitational field of Mars the night of August 5 to 6. Once REMS reaches the operating level

 

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.

 

 

Open the registration period for the course "Astronomy and technological developments"

The Center for Astrobiology (CAB / CSIC-INTA), in collaboration with the Astronomical Association of Cartagena (ASAC) and the Astrophysics group of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), organizes the course "Astronomy and technological developments".

 

The Associated Unit of the Molecular Spectroscopy Group of the University of Valladolid is inaugurated (GEM-UVA)

The main objective of this unit is to optimize the scientific exploitation of cutting-edge instruments such as the Herschel space telescope, the ALMA interferometer and other instruments of the Canary Observatories and the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

 

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.

 

 
 
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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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