Monday, June 25, 2012

Size of Martian snow particles and why Jill Tarter had a cool job

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 - Researchers have calculated the size of carbon dioxide snow particles in the clouds at Mars' poles. The particles are very small, roughly the size of a red blood cell. See article.
g Message - SETI’s Jill Tarter, the inspiration for the movie “Contact,” retired after 30 years as director of research. Alas, she’s not retiring to some other planet, because we still haven’t found intelligent life outside of the Earth, except for on the moon, but those are people we sent there so that doesn’t really count. Still, Tarter’s job was a cool one. See article.
g Cosmicus - Engineers have recently tested the Seeker full-scale rover, a fully autonomous vehicle that charted its own course through Chile's Atacama Desert. The technology could be used in future missions to help robotic explorers roam the surface of planets like Mars. See article.

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