Sunday, March 04, 2007

Mission to Europa, SETI history and introduction to astrobiology

Welcome! “Alien Life” tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. You may notice that this and future entries are shorter than usual; Career, family and book deal commitments have forced me to cut back some of my projects. Now, here’s today’s news:
g Abodes - Jupiter's moon Europa could harbor a subsurface ocean and maybe even life, so some researchers feel it should be a primary target of NASA's next 'flagship' mission to the outer solar system. See
g Message - Want to get a sense of SETI’s history and varying projects? Jodrell Bank Observatory offers an easy to follow yet informative primer at
g Cosmicus - The construction site of the Soyuz launch base in French Guiana was officially opened last week.
g Learning - Here’s a neat Web site in which Monica Grady, head of petrology and meteoritics in the department of mineralogy at the Natural History Museum, presents a comprehensive introduction to astrobiology: