Thursday, December 24, 2009

Plausibility of moon from ‘Avatar’ and Project Ozma’s 50th anniversary

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 - New research indicates that life-bearing moons, such as those featured in Hollywood blockbusters, might be possible. If astronomers discover such a moon nearby, the James Webb Telescope may be able to study its atmospheres and detect key gases like carbon dioxide, oxygen and water vapor. See article.
g Message - April 2010 will mark the 50th anniversary of the start of Project Ozma, and those involved in the search for extraterrestrial life, or SETI, will be raising a glass. Not only did the experiment inspire countless people to continue the search, it brought alien-hunting into the mainstream and arguably seeded the science of astrobiology. See article.
g Cosmicus - Quote of the Day: “… when you’re climbing a staircase to a room – an infinite room – filled with all the treasures of the universe, should you stop climbing just because you don’t find a handful of treasure on the first two or three steps?” – Fredric Brown, “The Lights in the Sky are Stars”
g Learning - This video from the Science and Technology Chat series introduces astrobiology, a field of science concerned with finding life elsewhere in the universe. Learn how astrobiologists study the conditions in which life emerged on Earth and complex organisms evolved, and how this knowledge helps them in their search for other planetary bodies capable of fostering life. The video features remote-sensing technologies, such as satellites, and mechanical rovers that can collect data from other planets or moons to assist these scientists in their search.
g Aftermath - If we encountered an intelligent species on another planet, could we understand them? In turn, could extrasolar species decipher one of our 8,000 terrestrial languages in use today? See article. Note: This article is from 2004.

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