Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Martian dust and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter paves way for moon return

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 205?
g Abodes - In a new research, scientists have attributed the clinginess of Martian dust to electrons jumping back and forth between dust grains as they collide in the wind. The research became necessary as many probes sent to the Red Planet, like the Mars rover Spirit, get stuck in Martian soil. See article.
g Message - If you’re not familiar with Astriobiology.com’s “Great Debates series, you’ll want to head right away to their Web site. The discussions draw upon experts in the astrobiology field. The Fermi paradox (“If there’s intelligent life out there, then why haven’t we heard from them?” is examined in six parts.
g Cosmicus - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is NASA’s first mission to the Moon in a decade and paves the way for the return of astronauts to our satellite. Forty years after humans first walked on the Moon, the LRO mission is returning images of the historic Apollo landing sites. See article.

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