Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Martian weather reports and newest issue of Astrobiology

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Stars - A recent study suggest that “orphan” stars - which form in tails of gas that extend well outside their parent galaxy - may be more prevalent than previously thought. If planets can form around these stars, they would find themselves in a truly unique and lonely environment in the space between galaxies. See article. Note: This article is from 2007.
g Abodes - It's the time of year for dust storms on Mars, and NASA's twin Mars rovers are now taking advantage of Martian weather reports. Using images from orbiting spacecraft, scientists can identify where dust is rising into the Martian atmosphere and track its movements. See article.
g Life - Questions such as "How to search for weird alien life?" and "Would Earth microbes survive if delivered to the surface of Mars?" are addressed in articles that are part of the collection of reports presented in the current issue of Astrobiology. See article.

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