Monday, May 16, 2011

How hot Jupiters flipped their orbits and exploring Canadian lakes to prepare for 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 Stars - What is the potential habitability of Kapteyn’s Star, a M-type star less than 13 light years from Earth? See article.
g Abodes - A rare number of hot Jupiter planets orbit their stars in a direction opposite to the star's rotation. This violates basic ideas of planet and star formation. Now, new research may explain how these planets flipped their orbits. See article.
g Message - In 1961, astronomer Frank Drake wrote the equation that put the search for alien civilizations on a scientific footing and launched the modern SETI movement. How do the numbers look today? See article. This article is from 2002.
g Cosmicus - How can the exploration of a Canadian lake, using deep-water submersibles, help NASA plan for the human exploration of Mars? See article.

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