Monday, April 04, 2011

First photo of Mercury from orbit and mysterious energy ribbon

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 - Scientists on NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission have isolated and resolved the mysterious "ribbon" of energy and particles the spacecraft discovered in the heliosphere - the huge bubble that surrounds our solar system and protects us from galactic cosmic rays. See article.
g Abodes - The first spacecraft ever to circle Mercury has beamed home the first-ever photo taken of the small rocky planet from orbit, showing a stark landscape peppered with craters. See article.
g Life - A team of scientists has discovered that descendants of "exploratory" butterflies that colonized new habitats differ genetically from their more cautious cousins. See article.

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