Friday, May 01, 2009

Exploring Mars’ moons and Frank Drake reassesses the odds of finding ETI

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Abodes - Mars has two tiny asteroid-like moons, Phobos and Deimos. The moons have not been the focus of Mars studies, but there are several missions in the planning stages that aim to change that. See article.
g Life - Coral-like mounds on the floor of a Canadian lake may make it easier someday to identify life on other planets. See article. Note: This article is from 2001.
g Message - If you'd asked 20 years ago the question he's heard over and over - whether humanity will discover extraterrestrial intelligence in his lifetime - Frank Drake would have shrugged and said, "sure." Today, the renowned astronomer, who turns 79 next month, admits the chances are slimming. See article.
g Aftermath - Humanity’s foray into the solar system brings out the ethical issue of what we should do if life is found in outer space. Do we send more probes to further investigate and do we have a responsibility to protect that life and allow it to develop naturally? See article. Note: This article is from 2007.

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