Sunday, September 04, 2011

Viking may have found carbon-based chemical building blocks of life and Juno probe snaps photos of Earth

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 - Experiments prompted by a 2008 surprise from NASA´s Phoenix Mars Lander suggest that soil examined by NASA´s Viking Mars landers in 1976 may have contained carbon-based chemical building blocks of life. The findings could make a difference in how astrobiologists search for signs of past or present life on the red planet. See article.
g Intelligence - Microbes on Mars might be impressive, but the average Earthling would really be wowed by news of a full-blown, advanced civilization on a planet beyond our own. What’s the likelihood that such a civilization exists in our galaxy? Explore the arguments, then take our poll: Do you believe ET is out there, capable of phoning home? See article.
g Cosmicus - Now on its way to Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft has taken time to capture images of Earth and the Moon. See article.

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