The Atacama Desert of northern Chile is the driest place in the world with some of the craziest scenery. It's no wonder it often features high on traveler's bucketlists. We've just crossed it off our own, and all week we'll be sharing our top tips to making this dream destination a reality vacation. Show More Summary
ESA’s Sample Acquisition Field Experiment with a Rover (SAFER) has completed six “Martian days” of tests roaming Chile’s Atacama Desert. Nicknamed "Bridget," the prototype of the space agency’s ExoMars rover is part of a program to gain...Show More Summary
A sand dune and the "amphitheater" rock formation at Valle de La Luna Any attempt to describe the wild terrain of Chile's Atacama Desert is an exercise in futility. To friends, we've likened this "driest place in the world" to the desert in Arizona or southern Utah, but we must admit the Atacama is actually quite indescribable. Show More Summary
Before space agencies send a rover to a distant planet, they have to test it on Earth. With little moisture and no vegetation, the rock-covered Atacama Desert does a great job of mimicking Mars.
The European Space Agency's rover learns autonomous navigation in the Atacama Desert
The Atacama desert in Chile is so dry that parts of it are utterly devoid of life down to bacteria. That and its sandy, rock-strewn terrain makes it so similar to Mars that it's a perfect spot for ESA to trial its Sample AcquisitionShow More Summary
Spring is beginning in South America. It's nearly the perfect time of the year to embark on those bucketlist trips to Machu Picchu, Patagonia, the Atacama Desert, the Andes, wine country and more. While these spots are absolutely worth your time and travel money, it's important to remember that so is the rest of the continent. Show More Summary
A new instrument called ArTeMiS has been successfully installed on APEX — the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment. APEX is a 12-meter diameter telescope located high in the Atacama Desert, which operates at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths...Show More Summary
In October of 2012, astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile's Atacama Desert discovered a totally unexpected spiral structure in the material around the old star R Sculptoris. This is the first time that such a structure,...
Light pollution in the continental United States (generated by Dave Lorenz) If you are like me, you don't live in the pristine wilderness of Utah, the Atacama Desert, or the dark mountaintops of West Virginia. No, you are one...
Astronomers have developed a new visible-light adaptive optics (AO) system for the 6.5 meter diameter Magellan-Clay telescope in Chile's Atacama desert. The new AO system produces the sharpest-ever astronomical images - more than twice...Show More Summary
In 2003, this 6-inch humanoid skeleton was discovered in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Those who remember the episode of Destination Truth where they went to that abandoned town called La Noria in Chile, the one they found skeletons rising from the graveyard in, well that's where this unusual being's skeleton was found near the church. Show More Summary
Chile's Atacama Desert is extreme: It's hot, dry, and comprised of salty soil. Those conditions may not sound favorable to you, but they were kind to 56 well-preserved mummies found there and analyzed by researchers—who have since announced an "unexpected" finding. LiveScience reports that 35 of the mummies had...
There are over 5,000 prehistoric geoglyphs in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, and like theNazca lines of Peru, they are mysterious, beautiful and awe-inspiring. Atacama Giant, Cerro Unita, Pozo... Read Full Post
All sky fish eye Time Lapse movie made at Paranal Observatory, Atacama desert, Chile. The Milky Way rises, culminates with the galactic center at zenith and then sets above Paranal Observatory. Two neighbor galaxies, the large and the small Magellanic clouds, are visible on the top left of the movie. The zodiacal light is visible [...]
If Zoe can find life in the Atacama Desert, she might be able to find life on Mars, too
Scientists looking for life on Mars are studying the driest desert on Earth. This month, Carnegie Mellon University's Zoë robot will traverse Chile’s near-uninhabitable Atacama Desert as part of an astrobiology experiment aimed at testing...Show More Summary
Five days in Vegas is equivalent to spending about 30 nights wandering the Atacama desert. Most men buckle to the demands of Sin City after three days. Seventy-two hours of drinking, poolside sun and all-night gambling in the underground...Show More Summary
Huffington Post reports that Antonio Banderas will star in The 33, which tells the story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 68 days in 2010 after the Atacama desert mine where the men were working caved-in. The … Continue reading ?
Excerpts from an article posted at Science: The story began 10 years ago, when the diminutive remains were reportedly found in a pouch in a ghost town in the Atacama Desert of Chile. Ata ended up in a private collection in Barcelona; producers of the film Sirius latched onto the bizarre mummy as evidence of alien life. Show More Summary