Friday, August 06, 2010

Reproducing Venus’ environment and life in the world's deepest water-filled sinkhole

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 - Scientists are reproducing the environment of Venus so that they can interpret observations of the planet's surface and atmosphere. Studying environmental processes on Venus can help astrobiologists better understand the climate systems of Earth and the habitability of rocky planets. See article.
g Life - Scientists have found amazingly diverse microbial life in the world's deepest water-filled sinkhole, even down where sunlight can't reach. The discovery adds new insight into life’s ability to thrive in Earth’s most extreme environments. This research also could aid the search for life elsewhere in our solar system, such as on Jupiter’s moon Europa. See article.
g Message - Interstellar communication took a giant leap forward a few months ago when a Ukrainian space center sent several messages across the cosmos hoping to reach extraterrestrials 30-40 light years away. See article. This article is from 2003.
g Cosmicus - After more than 20 years of neglect, the planet Venus is once more drawing NASA's eye for ambitious new missions. See article.

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