Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mars 500 ends and 'Are We Alone?" to begin

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 - Microbes from the ocean have been shown to process methane in ways that were previously unknown. The discovery could help astrobiologists understand how the early biosphere of Earth interacted with our planet's atmosphere. See article.
g Cosmicus - The 105-day space travel simulation experiment 'Mars 500', based in Moscow with German involvement, has just finished. On July 14, the crew left the module system at the Institute for Biomedical Problems at the Russian Academy of Sciences. See article.
g Message - For more than 80 years, we’ve been sending radio (and eventually television) transmissions into space, allowing anyone in space to hear war reports from London, “I Love Lucy” reruns and our latest election results. So wouldn’t hearing aliens be as simple as turning on the radio? Here’s why not.
g Learning - Almost forty years after man first walked on the moon, Discovery Channel's new "Are We Alone?" will take a fresh look at one of science’s greatest mysteries. Are there life forms existing beyond Earth? Could the bizarre, hellish worlds of our solar system harbor or evolve alien biology? And does Earth itself provide a road map to answers for these age old questions. The program premieres Thursday (July 16) at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

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