Thursday, July 01, 2010

Interview with SETI’s new director and Cassini makes lowest pass through Titan’s atmosphere

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Stars - A signal astrophysicists once dismissed as contamination of X-ray observations could actually improve forecasts of dangerous space weather that threatens Earth. See article.
g Abodes - Cassini has successfully completed its lowest pass through Titan's atmosphere. See article.
g Message - The SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Life) Institute has a new director of its Carl Sagan Center for Study of Life in the Universe. David Morrison will take the reins from his predecessor, Frank Drake, who pioneered the famous Drake Equation. Here’s the transcript from an NPR interview with Morrison.
g Cosmicus - NASA's Curiosity rover, coming together for a late 2011 launch to Mars, has a newly installed component: a key onboard X-ray instrument for helping the mission achieve its goals. See article.

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