Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mars analog on earth and the new Space Race

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 - A region of Earth so barren and desolate that it's often compared to Mars is home to simple but thriving ecosystems, suggesting that life could indeed survive on the red planet. See article.
g Cosmicus - People and nations are as avidly engaged in the Space Race today as they were a half-century ago, and for the same reasons. What seemed like a sprint to the Moon in the 1960s has now become a marathon. The United States has remained among the leaders, but it has faced dogged competition at every stage. See article.
g Learning - Every summer, National Astrobiology Institute teams and others host hands-on, in-the-field, in-the-lab workshops for educators. The workshops feature cutting edge astrobiology research delivered by astrobiology scientists and education professionals, as well as inquiry- and standards-based activities ready for your classroom. Click here for a current list of offerings for Summer 2009.

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Search4XtraLife said...

It is unfortunate that funds that could be going to NASA are being wasted on earmarks and other trivial bills. If this were so, then Kepler and many other space missions could have been launched by now. While everyone wants to find alien life, politicians and other people high in positions keep information from us.

Rob Bignell said...

I'd say a general lack of understanding science a and misshapen societal value that considers achieving wealth a higher "virtue" than the garnering of knowledge both contribute to our political shortsightedness regarding space exploration.