Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Building block of biology in comet and testing a future Mars rover named FIDO

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 Gliese 581?
g Abodes - We live in a new age of discovery, the first days of a new renaissance. It is the dawn of the age of planets. See article. Note: This article is from 2005.
g Life - Showing that the ingredients for life in the universe may be distributed far more widely than previously thought, scientists have found traces of a key building block of biology in dust snatched from the tail of a comet. See article.
g Message - Throughout the entire history of terrestrial civilization, only a few projects involving transmitting of interstellar radio messages have yet been fully developed and realized. Yet if all civilizations in the universe are only recipients, and not message-sending civilizations, than no SETI searches make any sense. Here’s a presentation on the theory and methodology of composing and transmitting of future IRMs. See article.
g Cosmicus - Adrienne Kish discusses the steps that were taken to prepare the FIDO rover for its first appearance on Svalbard, where it is collecting samples and looking for signs of life in preparation for Mars. See article.
g Aftermath - Here’s an intriguing entry from the “Interdisciplinary Encyclopeadia of Religion and Science”: “Extraterrestrial Life”. It discusses the consequences of alien contact from a Catholic perspective.

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