Life on the land could have started millions of years earlier on Earth than first thought. This could change the way we think about life developing elsewhere in the universe, writes Tara Djokic.
Fossils discovered by UNSW scientists in ancient hot spring deposits in the Pilbara have pushed back by 580 million years the earliest known evidence for microbial life on land.
UNSW Photovoltaics PhD Martha Lenio completed eight months on board a Mars simulation mission. She now has a much deeper understanding of what's involved on such a mammoth interstellar trip.
UNSW and Harvard researchers have identified a critical step in the molecular process that allows cells to repair damaged DNA – and it could mean big things for the future of anti-ageing drugs, childhood cancer survivors and even astronauts.
Australian researchers have found fossils dating back 3.7 billion years in a remote area of Greenland, demonstrating that life emerged rapidly during the planet’s early history.
When the next Mars Exploration Mission is launched in 2020, UNSW's Martin Van Kranendonk will have helped select the site where the expedition’s robotic rover will touch down.
A UNSW photovoltaics PhD graduate and former academic Martha Lenio will command an eight-month Mars mission simulation funded by NASA.
India's mission to Mars will search for methane and could reveal an important aspect about the history of water on the red planet, writes Malcolm Walter.
Tourist "astronaut" millionaire Dennis Tito's quest to send an older couple to Mars could be a catalyst for further human exploration in space, writes Malcolm Walter.
I have been searching for evidence of extra-terrestrial life since the 1980s. I believe that we will probably find it, writes Malcolm Walter.