Friday, July 13, 2012

Life at Mars’ shallow depths and what to make of potentially isolated alien signals

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 suggests that evidence of ancient life on Mars might be found at relatively shallow depths on the Martian surface. The findings suggest that, if Mars harbor simple organic molecules, NASA's prospects for discovering them with the Curiosity rover are better than previously thought. See article.
g Message - Isolated events are not science's strong suite. If something happens once and never appears again then it's difficult, if not impossible, for the methods of science to be of much use. What you are left with is a question mark. That is the fate of the famous "WOW!" signal — an event that may or may not have been the reception of a signal from ETs. The question facing the rest of us is what do we make of such isolated events. See article.
g Cosmicus - Astronaut Don Pettit recently completed a stay on the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 31 crew. While in orbit, he posted a series of diary entries about his experiences on the station and the important research that the crew conducted concerning life's adaptation to the space environment. See article.

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