Sunday, October 18, 2009

Four-in-a-million chance of asteroid collision and lunch-punch mission no flop

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 - NASA scientists have recalculated the path of a large asteroid and determined that it is less likely to have a hazardous encounter with Earth than previously thought. The chances of Apophis hitting the Earth in 2036 are now thought to be about four-in-a-million. See article.
g Message - How will we decode any message from ET? For some speculation and a discussion of the inherent difficulties, see article; Part II follows here. Note: This story is from 2001.
g Cosmicus - NASA's recent lunar-punch mission apparently was not the high-profile flop it first appeared. See article.
g Aftermath - It's a familiar problem. You've finally managed to contact that alien civilization. Things are going great. You feel like your world will never be the same — that whole new realms of possibilities are opening up before your eyes. Then, inevitably, a hint of strain starts to creep into your relationship. You find that you don't really have all that much in common. Heck, sometimes it feels like you're not even in the same galaxy. It's as if there is this vast gulf between you, making communication almost impossible. You're not even sure you'd understand each other no matter how physically close you become. What do you do? See article.

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