Thursday, July 19, 2012

Titan’s polar vortex and forefather of astrobiology passes

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 - Observations from the Cassini spacecraft show a concentration of high-altitude haze and a vortex at Titan's south pole, indicating that the seasons are turning on the mysterious moon. See article.
g Life - As organisms develop, their internal organs arrange in a consistent asymmetrical pattern - heart and stomach to the left, liver and appendix to the right. But how does this happen? See article.
g Learning - The astrobiology community mourns the death of Dick Holland, treasured colleague and forefather of astrobiology. See article.
g Cosmicus - When the Apollo astronauts visited the Moon, they spent only 2-3 days before returning home. The effects of long-duration exploration on the lunar surface are still unknown. Now, a team of researchers is attempting to quantify the hazards faced by humans on extended missions. See article.

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