Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Influences on our search for ET and who can own what on the lunar surface

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 - Jupiter’s moon Europa, about the size of Earth’s Moon, is thought to have an ocean of liquid water beneath its icy surface, making it a possible environment for life. Two of the necessary ingredients for life, liquid water and appropriate biogenic elements, are now thought to exist at Europa. See article. Note: This article is from 2003.
g Life - Book alert: Our approach to the search for life in the universe is highly influenced by our knowledge of life at home on Earth. In “Life: How to Make a Cosmic Omelet, The DNA Files” looked at the ways in which genetic tools have helped define life as we know it, from bacteria found in a boiling hot spring in Yellowstone National Park to microbes found frozen (and alive!) in the Arctic.
g Cosmicus - New photographs of the former Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover on the moon, which is owned by an American millionaire, is causing a legal stir over who can own what on the lunar surface. See article.
g Learning - An amateur astronomer has made a "major astronomical discovery" while accessing a telescope in Hawaii over the internet while at work in the UK. See article.

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