Saturday, July 25, 2009

50 billion possible planetary systems and humanity’s fascination with extraterestrials

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 - What is the habitable zone for the nearby star GJ 251?
g Abodes - More than 100 planets have been found outside the solar system. Some astronomers think there may be planets around up to half the stars in our galaxy alone — that's 50 billion possible planetary systems. Click here for a series of BBC reports on planet hunting.
g Cosmicus - NASA recounts the momentous events of July 1969, when humankind first set foot on another world. Apollo 11 was a seminal step in advancing human life beyond planet Earth. See article.
g Imagining - In a few weeks, a new movie about extraterrestrial life will be in the theatres again. So why is there such a strong human fascination with extraterrestrials? See article.
g Aftermath - Could Martian research samples carry diseases? Certainly this is an issue for the first time we make contact with extraterrestrial life, whether it is intelligent or microbial. See article. Note: This article is from 2004.

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