Reasons to Believe

Life on Other Planets

  • Planet Rotation Design

    If the planet rotates too slowly, the temperature differences between day and night will become too extreme. If the planet rotates too quickly, the jet streams will become too laminar and too stable, … more

  • Ideal Biomarker

    Part of the problem is that in their search for signs of present or past existing life beyond planet Earth, astrobiologists have been attempting to detect biomarker molecules that already are known to … more

  • Viking Invasion of Mars Thwarted

    The possibility of life on Mars has held human interest for hundreds of years and has recently become an obsession for NASA.

    A number of atmospheric probes and surface craft have been sent to Mars … more

  • Natural Sugar Synthesis?

    Compulsory features for the replicating molecules of life (DNA and RNA) include five-carbon sugars, namely deoxyribose for DNA and ribose for RNA. These sugars form the backbone of DNA and RNA. … more

  • In the Habitable Zone But With No Water

    Planets around M dwarf stars have generated a lot of interest lately—especially with the recent discovery of an earth-mass planet in the region where liquid water could exist on the surface. … more

  • ET Survey Results

    ET Survey Results

    Your response to the question, Do you believe there is physical, intelligent life elsewhere in the universe?, yielded an unequivocal, unambiguous, indisputable, definite, and … more

  • Extraterrestrial life? What do you think?

    Increasingly of late I’ve come across people who believe intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe. While scientists have yet to detect such life, it remains theoretically possible. And … more

  • Search for Reservoirs of the Building Blocks of Life

    Even the simplest life-form is orders of magnitude more complicated than anything on display at Legoland. Nevertheless, like the Legoland structures, life molecules are assemblages of a relatively … more

  • Effect of Distant Orbiters on Habitability

    A recent study by an MIT astronomer of a distantly orbiting companion to the nearby planet-hosting star HD 3651 illustrates the problems a distant relative can pose for any possible life-supportable … more

  • Smaller Stars Offer Little Hope

    The recent discovery of an Earth-sized planet around a nearby star generated a lot of excitement in the scientific community - and rightly so. For one thing, most exoplanets (planets outside the solar … more

  • UV Radiation Destroys Amino Acids

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    Discovery of the rapid destruction of amino acids in astronomical environments continues to highlight problems in naturalistic models of … more

  • Designed to Shake

    My family lives in one of the fastest-rising neighborhoods in the nation—not economically, but topographically. Our home rises by an average of 9 millimeters (1/3 inch) per year. Sometimes the … more

  • Squashing Hopes for Earth-like Planets

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    Studies of planet formation around low-mass stars buttress the prediction of RTB’s cosmic creation model that Earth-like planets are rare in … more

  • Mars—A Tough Environment for Organic Molecules

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    Scientists continue to demonstrate how uninhabitable Mars is by studying chemical reactions on the planet. Methane in the Martian atmosphere … more

  • New Measurements of Local Group Match Predictions

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    Measurements of the Local Group of galaxies provide further confirmation of RTB’s cosmic creation model. Observations of the Large Magellanic … more

  • New Signs of Life on Mars?

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    Scientists who found organic material in a Martian meteorite that struck Earth claim it originated from Martian organisms, but the claim seems … more

  • Mars Rover Findings - the Real Story

    The prestigious journal Science recently exploded most of the media's "life-site" hype over the latest-and still laudable-Mars mission.1 Twelve peer-reviewed articles tell the true story: no lake and … more

  • Water, Water, Everywhere…

    Without water life is impossible. Without "drinkable" (liquid) water, life is still impossible. The problem with water in the universe is perhaps best depicted in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic … more

  • Life’s Chemical Signature

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    The extraterrestrial search for life has just been made more difficult. Two planetary scientists have refuted the claim that Raman spectroscopy, a … more