The unimaginably arid conditions of South America's Atacama Desert have mad it the perfect scientific stand-in for Mars. So in a place that is quite literally almost alien, it makes sense we'd find microbes as strange as these. More...
Perhaps you have been put on an impromptu space flight. Perhaps you're trapped with minimal supplies... in the Atacama Desert. Perhaps you're just bored and want to figure out how strong a stomach you have. Whatever your reasoning, learn about the right way to filter urine. More »
"They call this Death Valley because of all the people who don't make it out alive," our tour guide, Steve, whispered in a haunting voice. Staring at the enormous sand dunes and unworldly rock formations, I felt fearful of what I was about to do. Show More Summary
Don't look now, but in one of the world's most inhospitable climates a hardy type of human beings are gradually beginning to thrive. Perched on the empty, windswept plains of the Atacama Desert, a high-altitude expanse of desolationShow More Summary
A timelapse of an astronomer's paradise, in Chile's Atacama Desert: Creator Babak Tafreshi explains: Walking on the desert near Paranal between the scattered stones and boulders on the pale red dust feels like being on Mars, but under the Earth...
Cerro Paranal is an astronomers paradise with its stunningly dark, steady and transparent sky. Located in the barren Atacama Desert of Chile it is home to some of the world’s leading telescopes. [Via] Related posts: Living In an Engineering...Show More Summary
(vimeo link) The Paranal Observatory is a Very Large Telescope on Cerro Paranal mountain in the Atacama desert of Chile. There is no light pollution to interfere with stargazing. This video by Christoph Malin and Babak Tafreshi contains 7,500 images that will make you want to pack up and go! Link -via I Am Bored
For the last twenty million years, Chile's Atacama Desert has been the driest, most inhospitable place on Earth. But deep below the surface of this unimaginably arid world, microbes are flourishing without even oxygen or sunlight. Meet the extremest extremophiles. More »
This aerial photograph of the home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), shows the Paranal Observatory In the foreground, located at an altitude of 2,600 meters on Mount Paranal in the Atacama Desert in Chile. In the background you can...
Mars may have been arid for more than 600 million years, making it too hostile for any life to survive on the planet’s surface, according to researchers who have been carrying out the painstaking task of analysing individual particles of...
Two meters below the surface of the Atacama Desert there is an 'oasis' of microorganisms. Researchers have found it in hypersaline substrates thanks to SOLID, a detector for signs of life which could be used in environments similar to subsoil on Mars.
Two metres below the surface of the Atacama Desert there is an 'oasis' of microorganisms. Researchers from the Center of Astrobiology (Spain) and the Catholic University of the North in Chile have found it in hypersaline substrates thanks to SOLID, a detector for signs of life which could be used in environments similar to subsoil on Mars. read more
Astronomers working as part of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) at the Cerra Paranal Mountain Observatory in the Atacama Desert in Chile, have succeeded in virtually connecting all four main Unit Telescopes (UTs) at the site, completing a project ten...
Cerro Paranal, in the high, dry, Atacama desert in Chile, is where some of the best astronomy in the world is done. It’s graced with incredibly dark and steady skies, and a view of the southern hemisphere skies that, frankly, makes me jealous. So it’s hard to argue with the title of this short time [...]
la llareta #0308-23b26 (up to 3,000 years old, atacama desert, chile) welwitschia mirabilis #0707-22411 (2,000 years old; namib naukluft desert, namibia) clonal quaking aspens #0906-4711 (80,000 years old, fish lake, UT) underground forest #0707-10333 (up to 13,000 years old; pretoria, south africa) The Oldest Living Things in the World is a fascinating ongoing project by [...]
Meteorito is the wine with the taste of outer space right in the bottle! That’s because it’s made using a 4.5 billion year old meteorite, that was found in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, to help enhance the flavor with the taste of Uranus. Betcha saw that one coming, didn’t ya? All kidding aside, [...]
I spent a long time looking at this photo of a sandy desert (?the Atacama?) somewhere in Chile. Whenever I see sand dunes, I start to wonder what might be underneath them. Dunes move, and in so doing can bury anything in their path.Show More Summary
An extremely hot, massive young galaxy cluster — the largest ever seen in the distant Universe — has been studied by an international team using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in the Atacama Desert in Chile along with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Atacama Cosmology Telescope. Show More Summary
The super-posh Awasi is the travel destination of privacy and luxury, is placed amid San Pedro de Atacama, and is for the guest who seeks an unforgettable experience in the magic of desert sands where each traveler is assigned a car with driver and a private guide during his stay. Prior to the guest arrival, [...]
Not even 24 hours after touching down in Santiago, Chile, I was on the road again. Destination? The Chilean desert.