Saturday, March 02, 2013

Life found under 800 meters of ice

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Life - Scientists have identified microbial life in a lake trapped under the frozen ice sheet of Antarctica. For their discovery, the team drilled through 800 meters of ice covering Lake Whillans to collect samples. See article.
g Message - Professor Peter Smith, the University of Arizona expert who led NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission, predicts that at least basic forms of life would be discovered within the next decade. Microbes and bacteria were, thus far, the best bet, he said. See article.
g Cosmicus - Curiosity has used its drill to bore into a flat rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. The rock could hold evidence about long-gone wet environments, providing astrobiologists with new insight into the potential for past life on the red plant. See article.

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