Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New tool for detecting extraterrestrial organisms and five years after SpaceShip One

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 - Astronomers have determined how far away from its hot stellar neighbors a star must be if a swirling disk of dust around it is to stand a chance of forming planets. See article. Note: This article is from 2007.
g Abodes - From earliest times, humans have contemplated the existence of other Earth-like worlds in the universe. Now, NASA is turning conjecture into conclusion with its Kepler Mission, a first attempt to determine whether planets similar to earth are a rare or common occurrence in our galaxy. See article.
g Life - By measuring the photon signatures left when light bounces off photosynthesizing cells, astronomers may soon have a new tool for detecting extraterrestrial organisms. See article.
g Cosmicus - What’s transpired in the four and a half years since SpaceShipOne’s final prize-winning flight has been something of a disappointment to commercial spaceflight advocates. See article.

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