Thursday, July 17, 2008

A planetary system similar to ours and the Mars-desert caves of Chile analog

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 - Astronomers have discovered a planetary system orbiting a distant star which looks much like our own. See article.
g Abodes -New data from Mercury has revealed that volcanism played a larger role in the planet’s past than previously thought. Additionally, the surface of Mercury has been found to be very iron deficient. See article.
g Message - Here’s a near article in which SETI supporter Larry Klaes discusses at the Allen Telescope Array. See article.
g Cosmicus -A research expedition through the desert caves of Chile may give NASA scientists just the information they need to one day survive on Mars. See article.

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