Tuesday, February 16, 2010

DNA analyzer invented for Mars and ‘Alien Safari’

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 - Finding liquid water in so many places in one star system, and even in places once deemed unlikely if not impossible, must give one pause when discussing the likelihood of life on other worlds. See article.
g Life - The possibility that life was shared between Earth and Mars could be tested with a DNA analyzer. One research team has built a prototype and plans field tests on a South American volcano. See article.
g Cosmicus - NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit, has now parked for the winter on Mars. However, the rover's position has its solar panels pointed away from the Sun. If the rover cannot get enough sunlight, it will be forced to go into hibernation. See article.
g Learning - Here’s a neat classroom activity: “Alien Safari.” New from NASA PlanetQuest, Alien Safari can be used in your classrooms or informal education settings to help kids discover some of the most extreme organisms on our planet, and find out what they are telling astrobiologists about the search for life beyond Earth.

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