Friday, February 20, 2009

Mission to Jupiter’s moons and how we’ll react when E.T. is discovered

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 - It was the biggest bang humans have seen. Led by Jochen Greiner, of Germany's Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, they have concluded that the explosion happened 12.2 billion light years away. See article.
g Cosmicus - NASA and ESA officials have decided to pursue a mission to Jupiter and its four largest moons. These moons are important locations of interest for astrobiologists. Europa in particular, with its cache of subsurface water, is thought to be one of the most likely places for life in our solar system. Additionally, a plan for a second mission to Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus will follow. See article.
g Aftermath - Imagine that tomorrow morning scientists tell the world they've found evidence for a colony of aliens living only 35 million miles from Earth. Do you think your neighbors would wig out - stocking up on Ramen noodles, and secluding themselves and the family schnauzer in the basement? Or do you believe most folks would simply mutter "whatever," and go back to checking out new Facebook friends? See article.

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