Saturday, August 01, 2009

Extraterrestrial Contact Act and commercial delivery of space cargo

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 system GJ 752 AB?
g Abodes - Space shuttle plumes point the finger at a comet as the culprit behind a 1908 Siberian space impact. See article.
g Life - Scientists have long believed that animal evolution began in the ocean and that animals did not move to land until much later. New research may change this theory. Rock samples discovered in China could indicate that the first animal fossils known were actually preserved at the bottom of lakes - not oceans. See article.
g Intelligence - Is SETI—the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence—a religion? See article.
g Cosmicus - The U.S. government should leave the business of launching cargo and people into Earth orbit to private commercial space transporters, members of a presidential panel said on Wednesday. See article.
g Learning - Theorizing and model building are one thing; it is another to go out and get data that will support science and the acquisition of new knowledge. For this purpose, NASA has instituted its Astrobiology Program to study the origin, evolution, distribution, and destiny of life in the universe. Existing programs and new endeavors will be brought together in a multidisciplinary fashion to tackle the questions surrounding life's place in the organization of the universe. In so doing, NASA has adopted six canonical questions to use as guideposts as its programs are developed. See article. Note: This article is from 2002.
g Aftermath - What if, one day, Earth was contacted by one of these hypothetical civilizations? How, as a planet, would we respond to their offer to interact? What if they asked, “Do you have a method in place, or even a policy that outlines how Earth will proceed now that contact has happened?” One organization believes that “The Extraterrestrial Contact Act” is the answer.

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