Thursday, March 01, 2012

More nomad planets than stars and test flight of suborbital spaceliner by the end of year?

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 shows that our galaxy could host 100,000 times more nomad planets than stars. These wandering planets drift through space instead of orbiting a star, and could change our understanding of life's potential in the universe. 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 - Virgin Galactic hopes to perform the first rocket-powered test flight of its suborbital spaceliner by the end of 2012, with commercial operations perhaps beginning a year or two later, company officials said. See article.

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