Monday, October 11, 2010

Broadening the search for exoworlds and lots of robot missions to Mars

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 - A new study could broaden the search for planets in other solar systems by changing the way we think about orbiting bodies. The findings could increase the opportunities for the discovery of new planets. See article.
g Message - What are the chances that an alien signal has been sent our way just at the right moment to splash upon our antennas during that brief interval? If the extraterrestrials beam their broadcasts to the whole galaxy (or at least a big chunk of it), the chances are 100 percent. See article. This article is from 2006.
g Cosmicus - The human space program may be adrift (see last week’s view), but the robots have their act together. Several spacecraft are working at Mars, a major mission is being readied for launch there next year, one more in the following opportunity, and a new phase of international planning for a series of missions is underway. Even the long-sought Mars sample return is looking more realistic. See article.
g Aftermath - As you probably know, a couple of weeks ago the Pope was in England smack-talking the atheists. What is generally less known is that, at the same moment that the Pope was having his say with the UK’s radical non-believers, Vatican astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno, also in England, was busy talking about baptizing space aliens. See opinion column.

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