This is a cool entry from  the SpaceOut hangouts From NASA’s JPL & DNews. It features Dr. Amy Mainzer, Principal Investigator of NASA’s NEOWISE mission.

    "We have our first chance, our first capability of finding signs of life on another planet"

    - Sara Seager in reference to the James Webb Space Telescope

    In this SETI talk, Monica Kress discusses habitable planets - from the chemistry of protoplanetary disks to the physics of forming an Earth-like planet.

    Nathalie Cabrol talks about how lakes are sentinels of climate change on Earth - and could have played the same role on early Mars.

    A new study outlines the discovery of serpentine on the protoplanet Vesta (courtesy of data from NASA’s Dawn Mission). Serpentine can’t survive over 400 degrees Celsius - which means it probably came from asteroids that impacted Vesta after it cooled. 

    To learn more about Vestsa, check out this NASA conference featuring Carol Raymond (Dawn Principal Investigator at NASA JPL) and M. Cristina De Sanctis (Italian National Institute of Astrophysics).

    "You never know what else another pair of eyes looking at data can bring you."

    NASA astrophysicist Kimberly Ennico-Smith speaking about how data from the LCROSS mission to the Moon was later used for exoplanet modelling

    The spacecraft pointed back at Earth to make sure it was headed in the right direction after launching - but the images of Earth have been used to help scientists understand what a habitable planet might look like from afar.

    A zoomed-in image of Earth from the perspective of NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). The small dot below it is the moon. Credit: NASA Ames - See more at: http://www.astrobio.net/news-exclusive/earth-look-like-habitable-planet-afar/#sthash.qoHdY7O5.dpuf

    ALL LIFE POOPS!

    Check out this wonderful FameLab talk by Kennda Lynch from the 2013 regional competition at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston.

    (Source: youtube.com)

          NASA's Curiosity Rover Team Today Features Women - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Did you know that women fill 72 of the 102 operational roles at NASA that support the Curiosity rover while it roams the surface of Mars?

    NASA’s Curiosity rover has celebrated a successful year on Mars (687 Earth days) - and as part of the celebrations NASA held Women’s Curiosity Day for the team running the rover. 

    "I see this as a chance to illustrate to girls and young women that there’s not just a place for them in technical fields, but a wide range of jobs and disciplines that are part of the team needed for a project as exciting as a rover on Mars," said Colette Lohr, an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. 

    Some of the women working on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project, which built and operates the Curiosity Mars rover, gathered for this photo in the Mars Yard used for rover testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

          Interview with Lisa May

    Lisa May of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is the program executive for NASA’s MAVEN mission (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission) - but she also might sound familiar to some people because she’s  the voice for the NASA Sciencecasts.

    Lisa May. Credit: NASA