Saturday, April 21, 2012

Astrobiology Science Conference opens and future robotic missions to 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 Abodes - For the first time, scientists have captured images of auroras above the giant ice planet Uranus. See article.
g Cosmicus - NASA’s Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG) has begun analyzing options for future robotic missions and enlisting the assistance of scientists and engineers worldwide. See article.
g Learning - Students, mentees, and scientific collaborators of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor of Chemistry James Ferris gathered at a special session of the 2012 Astrobiology Science Conference in Atlanta, Ga., on April 19 to honor the scientist. The session titled “The Origin of Biomolecules in Planetary Environments: From HCN to RNA” was dedicated to Ferris for his seminal research into the origins of life on Earth and its potential to form on other planets. See article.

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