Friday, November 02, 2007

Planetary habitability, candidates for future space missions and ‘After Contact’

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 - What do astrobiologists mean when they refer to "planetary habitability"? See article.
g Cosmicus - During a recent meeting, the European Space Agency announced new candidates for future space missions. Many of the missions are focused on astrobiology topics, including the habitability of Europa, the potential for liquid water on Enceladus and the search for habitable planets. See article.
g Aftermath - Here’s an interesting book for some astrobiological reading: “After Contact: The Human Response to Extraterrestrial Life” by Albert A. Harrison.

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