Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Discovering Earth-like planets via infrared and new national space policy for United States

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 - Many scientists speculate that our galaxy could be full of places like Pandora from the movie "Avatar" - Earth-like worlds in solar systems besides our own. Seeing them has been impossible, though – but now it may be possible to see them in the infrared. See article.
g Intelligence - The news keeps us constantly in tune with environmental disasters and their effects on Earth's climate and biosphere. How did past generations who didn’t have television or a camera depict those dramatic moments in living geologic history? Through art. See article.
g Message - Some people sit in the tub, yell "Eureka!", and come up with a brand new view of matter. Others can be riding a trolley home and at the sight of a clock initiate a whole new concept of time. Yet another more pedantic method is to follow government procedures to resolve riddles. Steven Dick and James Strick in their book, “The Living Universe - NASA and the development of Astrobiology,” narrate how this occurred for the new academic field of astrobiology. Though perhaps not as film-worthy as instantaneous flashes, the four decades of meetings, workshops and programs described therein show that this distinct academic area had an eventful and exciting coming of age. See review. This review is from 2004.
g Cosmicus - The White House rolled out a sweeping national space policy for the United States on Monday, one that aims to boost international cooperation and reiterates plans to send Americans to visit an asteroid by 2025. See article.

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Pablo said...

I am sorry to say this, but it seems that the "new" national space policy is rather more of the same: No clear goals hidden behind a few big words.

Rob Bignell said...

I quite agree, Pablo. While there is some additional money for unmanned space probes and for private companies to get a little more into the game, ultimately there's no grand inspiring vision and no real plan to get manned space exploration out of low orbit. Apparently the birds controlling the nest see no need to venture into the greater world beyond the branch upon which we sit.