Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Neutron star hot spots and evidence for liquid water on Mars

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Stars – Thanks to data from ESA’s XMM-Newton spacecraft, European astronomers for the first time have observed rotating “hot spots” on the surfaces of three nearby neutron stars. See article.
g Abodes – The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft has been orbiting Mars for over a year. While the high-resolution images of the planet's many craters, volcanoes, and other features get the most notice, the spacecraft's seven instruments also have gathered large amounts of data about the planet's atmosphere, geology and chemistry. Bernard Foing, ESA chief scientist, provides on overview of the most notable discoveries made during Europe's first trip to the Red Planet. In part one of this overview, Foing wades through the evidence for liquid water on Mars. See article. For related story, see “Search on again for Mars polar lander".
g Life – A new species of a “dragon-like” dinosaur has been discovered. See article.

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