Friday, June 26, 2009

Next mission to Europa and ‘looking’ for ET in Iceland

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 - A Wheaton College assistant professor of physics has received a five-year, roughly $200,000 NASA Astrobiology Institute grant that will shape the next mission to Jupiter's moon Europa. See article.
g Life - New research in Antarctica has revealed cells that might repair their DNA at extremely cold temperatures and, in doing so, could effectively be “immortal.” If confirmed, the findings would have implications for the potential for life in the ice of worlds like Mars and Europa. See article. Note: This article is from 2007.
g Cosmicus - In the not-too-distant future, NASA is planning to build lunar research outposts where astronauts will perform important scientific experiments on the Moon. However, such missions may have implications for the mental health of employees working in isolation for extended periods. See article. Note: This article is from 2007.
g Learning - About 40 graduate students and postdocs from the U.S. and Europe will study everything from the formation of water molecules in space to the evolution of earth's first organisms when they travel to inner Iceland to visit glaciers, geysers, hot springs, lava fields and Mars-like areas. There, participants will learn more about Iceland's "extremophiles" - micro-organisms that live in extremely hot, cold, acidic or otherwise inhospitable conditions. See article.

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