Monday, May 10, 2010

Organisms living in liquid asphalt and Voyager 2 in trouble

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 - Single-celled organisms found in lakes of liquid asphalt may indicate the type of extreme life that could exist on Saturn’s moon, Titan. See article.
g Life - NASA's Mars Meteorite Research Team reopened a 14-year-old controversy on extraterrestrial life, reaffirming and offering support for its widely challenged assertion that a 4-billion-year-old meteorite that landed thousands of years ago on Antarctica shows evidence of microscopic life on Mars. See article.
g Cosmicus - The Voyager 2 spacecraft, launched in 1977, is now having problems talking to Earth. Engineers are trying to figure out how to resume normal communications with this envoy at the edge of the solar system. See article.
g Aftermath - Even if the public seems less than awestruck by the prospect that alien life is a bunch of microscopic bugs, astrobiologists say unequivocal discovery of microbial life beyond Earth will change human society in profound ways, some unfathomable today. See article. Note: This article is from 2001.

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