Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Five more exoplanets discovered and keys to ensure a beneficial and rewarding first encounter with ETI

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 - The lead scientist for a new NASA space telescope announced the discovery of five more "exoplanets" far beyond our own solar system, and expressed optimism that his team is on a path to finding an Earth-sized planet in an Earth-like orbit in the near future. See article.
g Message - Should we modify the Drake Equation to account for civilizations which actually engage in deliberate interstellar transmission? See article. Note: This article is from 2005.
g Cosmicus - The mission of NASA's Mars rover Spirit was initially scheduled for three months. Now, the rover has marked six years on Mars. In this time, Spirit has found evidence that the ancient environment of Mars was far different than today. The data will help astrobiologists understand if the red planet was once habitable for life. See article.
g Aftermath - A detection of extraterrestrial intelligence will profoundly affect all inhabitants of our planet. The scientific community has realized that the keys to ensure a beneficial and rewarding encounter is education and preparation, and these two characteristics apply to many facets of a detection. See article.

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