Friday, September 09, 2011

Mars Science Laboratory mission and potential habitability of Mu Herculis ABC

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 the nearby star system Mu Herculis ABC. See article.
g Message - Recent discussions within the SETI community have thoroughly explored the issue of whether people with access to radio telescopes should send powerful signals to alien civilizations without some process of prior international consultation. In particular, those exchanges have focused on the question of "Active SETI." See article.
g Cosmicus - NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will use a new "sky crane" method to lower the SUV-sized rover onto the Martian surface. This direct touchdown risks contaminating the Red Planet's surface with Earth microbes hitchhiking on the rover's wheels. See article.

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