Sunday, June 14, 2009

Planetary disk found around twin stars and ‘Space Exploration for Dummies’

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 discovered a rotating disk around a young binary star system. The finding was made with a sequence of images that provide a vivid snapshot of the process behind planet formation. See article.
g Cosmicus - Regenerative life support systems that could one day be used by human explorers on the moon or Mars are now being tested in Spain. ESA's MELisSSA system is an artificial ecosystem that is able to regenerate food, water and oxygen from waste, carbon dioxide and minerals. See article.
g Learning - "Space Exploration for Dummies" is the latest addition to the yellow-covered "Dummies" series. Researched and penned by Dr. Cynthia Phillips, planetary geologist at the SETI Institute, and her partner, Shana Priwer, professional writer, this book captures the essential facts and accomplishments of the real space cadets. See article.

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