Thursday, November 29, 2007

Potential for past and present life on Mars, history of life on Earth and China plans manned mission

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 Stars - An enormous cold spot in our universe could be explained by a cosmic defect in the fabric of space-time created shortly after the Big Bang, scientists say. See article.
g Abodes - With the conclusion of the recent European Mars Science and Exploration Conference: Mars Express and ExoMars, Frances Westall, co-Team Coordinator of the ExoMars Microscope team and researcher with CNRS in France, discusses some of the most important questions concerning the potential for past and present life on Mars. See article.
g Life - What is the history of life on Earth? Here’s a primer.
g Cosmicus - China will launch its third manned space mission after next year's Beijing Olympics. See article.