Saturday, December 12, 2009

Saturn’s hexagon reappears and looking for ET using near-infrared laser communications

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 - After waiting years for the sun to illuminate Saturn's north pole again, cameras aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft have captured the most detailed images yet of the intriguing hexagon shape crowning the planet. See article.
g Message - What are the advantages of looking for ET using near-infrared laser communications? There’s a good explanation at a University of Kentucky Web site.
g Cosmicus - Quote of the Day: “Being in space evokes a sense of profound awe, in the deepest sense of the word … It is not dissimilar to what many people feel on high mountains, when you have to work hard in an unforgiving environment and take certain risks to gain the summit. On the high ground, your view is expanded. Your mind is cleared.” – Jeffrey Hoffman, NASA space shuttle astronaut
g Learning - A Los Altos, Calif., student spent her summer immersed in hands-on learning as she worked side-by-side with NASA researchers. See article.
g Aftermath - In the absence of knowledge of physical and cultural clues, communication between two species can be almost impossible — almost. See article. Note: This article is from 1999.

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