Friday, August 28, 2009

Beaming messages to Gliese 581d and why changing American space policy

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Life - Life may have been significantly affected in the past by a cosmic ray blast, but researchers are still looking for the smoking gun. See article.
g Message - 25,880 messages were collected by the project from places as far flung as the Vatican City, Afghanistan and Antarctica. NASA will beam them towards Gliese 581d at noon today. See article.
g Cosmicus - It’s time to find out if humans can permanently live and work in space, according to an article written by Mark Sykes and published in the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Arizona’s morning newspaper. “This has never been a part of U.S. space policy, despite a long history of public relations implying the opposite,” Sykes says.
g Aftermath - Will ET be altruistic or hostile? An Internet poll found a strong connection between people’s beliefs about extraterrestrials and their feelings about how meaningful life is. What makes the results even more compelling is that they match the findings of an earlier study conducted under more stringent testing conditions. See article. Note: This article is from 2002.

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