Friday, January 15, 2010

Imagining the cosmos and what Martians might look like

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’s IceBite team is studying a location on Earth where the terrain resembles that of the Phoenix landing site on Mars. The place: a mile above sea level in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys. The goal: to test ice-penetrating drills for future Mars mission. Click the 'Ask a Scientist' button to ask questions of the science team. See article.
g Life - In this interview, Nigel Mason explains how molecules formed in space might eventually lead to life, and describes what scientists are doing to better understand this process. See article. Note: This article is from 2008.
g Message - The idea and project of the 1st Theremin Concert for Aliens (stated in the Arecibo Proposal "One-Dimensional Radio Message for Blind Aliens" was not accepted by Arecibo reviewers because of their misgiving that such interstellar radio transmission may be a dangerous affair. See article.
g Cosmicus - Imagine the cosmos. What do you picture? A great void extending infinitely in all directions, sparsely dotted by stars, planets and other heavenly bodies, booby-trapped by black holes and traversed by light rays and magnetic fields? If you are a modern secularist that might be what you envision. See article.
g Learning - The Beginner's Guide to Rockets will help you learn the basic math and physics that govern the design and flight of rockets. See article.
g Imagining - What might life on Mars look like? Discover an ecosystem in “A Cold Dry Cradle”, a short story by Gregory Benford and Elizabeth Malarte, anthologized in “The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection”.

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