Curiosity seeks evidence of microbes on Mars

At long last the big question may be answered: Is there life on Mars?

In one of the most daring space missions ever undertaken, Nasa landed its one-tonne rover, Curiosity, on Mars last month.

Sunday, 2 September, 2012, 3:04am

Alien life under the microscope

Illustration: Henry Wong

Neil Armstrong did not find them on the moon and the Mars probes have yet to meet them, but thousands of humans are still convinced there are aliens out there, somewhere.

And there is a strong belief that whatever these extraterrestrials are, they are cleverer than us and ready to lend a hand to help clear up the mess we have made of our world so far.

2 Sep 2012 - 3:34am

HK alien hunter says search can succeed within 20 years

A Hong Kong academic who has just been given a senior position in a global body that hunts for aliens in space says be believes the search will bear fruit within 20 years.

University of Hong Kong's dean of science, Professor Kwok Sun, made his prediction yesterday after being elected vice-president of the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) bioastronomy Commission 51.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:14am

An alien view of our humble place in space

Fifteen years ago, when scientists postulated that a Martian meteorite named Allan Hills might contain evidence of microscopic fossils of bacteria, the news was received with a mixture of astonishment and scepticism. Last week, Nasa researchers supported that theory by finding evidence that suggests nucleobases - the building blocks of genetic material - do exist in certain meteorites.

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution by Nick Lane W.W. Norton HK$136

Billions of years ago, the third planet from the sun probably had that Mars look - reddish, dusty and devoid of life. Today it's our blue and green home, teeming with creatures.

How did this astonishing change come about?

11 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Looking for life beats cooking up derivatives

Amid the global economic downturn, a launch into space should inspire more people to look up at the stars. The US space agency Nasa has sent the Kepler space telescope on a mission to look for habitable planets in our Milky Way galaxy that may sustain extraterrestrial life forms.

8 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Star closes astronomy seminar with a bang

Most of the stars discussed at this week's international astrophysics symposium at the University of Hong Kong are millions of years old, but one of them is just 86 years young, and a product of the city's education system.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

This week: The search for 'weird' life

13 Jul 2007 - 12:00am


JAMIE OLIVER eat your heart out. Here's a recipe of cosmic proportions - a formula for cooking up your own planet:

Ingredients: a quantity of dry, rocky material, a dash of organic space dust and gases, including hydrogen and helium.

22 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

reaching for the stars

He is famed in Hong Kong for helping design its contribution to space discovery - tools for the Mir space station and European Mars missions. Ng Tze-chuen recalls in our new weekly series the highs and lows of 30 years working with celebrated scientists, battling bureaucracy ... and being tailed by spies

14 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

We're (probably) not alone, says Shaw Prize winner

Planet-hunting scientist has high hopes of alien life

Alien spacecraft and intergalactic life forms may have evaded detection by 200 professional telescopes scanning the universe every night - but they still could be 'out there', an award-winning scientist says.

3 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Unkind cut

An anonymous reader identified only as The Movie Fan Club of Hong Kong has insisted I take TVB to task for last Tuesday's unfortunate curtailment of live coverage of the Oscars ceremony. As MFCHK said, it was almost unbearable for the Best Actor and Best Film announcements to be replaced by educational television.

31 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Starry-eyed over interactive show

'Mars: The Quest for Life' is a new multi-media space show starting at the Hong Kong Space Museum today. The 40-minute show, in Cantonese, Putonghua and English, takes viewers on a journey to Mars and through a history of scientific theory about the planet, from Galileo to the Pathfinder mission.

9 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Life on Mars?

They are a far cry from the little green men that science fiction fantasies are made of. But, if NASA, the American space agency, is right, the ultimate question has been finally answered, and we are not alone in this universe.

9 Aug 1996 - 12:00am