Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Curiosity rover lands on 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 - Curiosity is the closest thing yet to a real geologist being sent to Mars. As the rover prepares for its dramatic landing, scientists on Earth are preparing for the incredible amount of data that Curiosity will return from Gale Crater. See article.
g Life - When Daniel Glavin isn't designing a chemistry experiment to run from millions of miles away, he's a researcher in the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, where scientists are working to solve two of the biggest mysteries facing humanity: How did we get here? And are we alone? The answers may lie in carbonaceous meteorites. See article.
g Cosmicus - Curiosity has successfully touched down on Mars. Several minutes later, amidst the cheers and high-fives at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, the rover’s first image was received on Earth. See article.

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