Monday, May 25, 2009

Wet Mars and societal implications 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 Abodes - New research shows that perchlorate salts at the Phoenix landing site could allow liquid to persist under the current temperatures and pressures found at the surface of Mars. The possibility of stable liquid at Mars' surface raises interesting questions about the potential for life on the red planet. See article.
g Cosmicus - The space shuttle Atlantis brought its crew of seven astronauts safely back to Earth on Sunday, ending a 13-day mission to repair and enhance the Hubble Space Telescope. See article.
g Aftermath - What are the societal implications of astrobiology? A NASA workshop in 1999 set out to determine what they might be. Here’s their report. See article. Note: This article is from 1999.

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