Monday, July 13, 2009

Conan the Bacterium and reliving the first moon landing

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 - Science conducted from the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii has again rewritten the record books, this time for the discovery of the most distant supernovae. See article.
g Life - U.S. Planetary Society Scientists have picked the first crew of Earthlings to fly to another planet. Those chosen for a Mars mission to be launched in October include specimens of thale cress and brewer's yeast, and a microbe known as Conan the Bacterium. See article.
g Learning - Weren't alive in 1969? No problem. Now you can watch the Apollo 11 mission recreated in real time on the Web, follow Twitter feeds of transmissions between Mission Control and the spacecraft, and even get an e-mail alert when the lunar module touches down. See article.
g Cosmicus - James L. Green, Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA, has announced that applications are now being accepted for the position of senior Program Scientist for Astrobiology. See article.

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