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2010-10-07 16:45:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media representatives are invited to attend a NASA symposium on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT, where world-renowned scientists will address past, present, and future activities in the search for signs of life in the universe. The event will take place at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Crystal City, Va. NASA Television's Education channel and the agency's Web site will provide live coverage via a Lockheed Martin Webcast...

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2010-10-06 07:57:01

In 1959, NASA funded its first exobiology investigation, a life-detection experiment for Viking mission to Mars. In 1960, the agency established an exobiology program, whose early managers adopted an approach to advancing this field of study by funding forward-thinking, boundary-bending, multidisciplinary research projects that other funding sources tended to judge as too risky. NASA's Viking mission included three exobiology experiments designed to look for evidence of life on Mars. By the...

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2010-08-23 10:15:00

The alien life forms that we are searching for might not be "life forms" after all--they could well be sentient machines, according to a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute. In an article published online in the journal Acta Astronautica, SETI's Seth Shostak writes, "Our experiments to find extraterrestrial life are predicated on the assumption that it is most likely to be found on so-called 'habitable worlds.' These are planets and moons where surface liquid water exists, and atmospheres...

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2010-08-12 09:50:00

Bacteria discovered in an oxygen-starved area of Argentina could demonstrate how life could exist on Mars or other planets, according to a Wednesday article by Reuters reporter Kylie Stott. A team that included National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) microbiologist Maria Eugenia Farias discovered the unique strands of bacteria--called "polyextremophiles" because they can survive in multiple different types of extreme conditions--in an inhospitable area of the South...

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2010-07-21 12:38:40

"ËœBenford beacons' concept could refocus search for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life For 50 years, humans have scanned the skies with radio telescopes for distant electronic signals indicating the existence of intelligent alien life. The search "” centered at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. "” has tapped into our collective fascination with the concept that we may not be alone in the universe. But the effort has so far proved fruitless, and the...

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2010-06-20 07:31:31

One might find that Jupiter's moon Europa to have extraterrestrial life after fossil-hunting on the icy surface. "A prospector sent there could possibly find extraterrestrial life within our lifetimes," planetary scientist Richard Greenberg at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson told Space.com. A global ocean that may be about 100 miles deep envelops Europa.  An icy crust of unknown thickness overlies this ocean, although some estimates say that it is...

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2010-06-14 13:50:00

Jupiter's moon Io could be a potential target to look for extraterrestrial life. Io is the innermost of Jupiter's large moons and has the most volcanic activity in the solar system, with plumes of matter rising 186 miles above the surface. This activity is due to Jupiter's powerful gravitational pull, which causes Io's tormented solid crust to bulge up and down 328 feet or more, generating intense heat in Io due to friction. Io generally is considered a poor candidate for life because of...

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2010-06-11 06:30:00

The ongoing search for evidence of past or present life on Mars includes efforts to identify organic compounds such as proteins in Martian soil, but their absence to date remains a mystery. A new theory to explain what happens to these carbon-based molecules is presented in an article published in Astrobiology, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. "There may be no 'safe haven' for these organic molecules on Mars," conclude Ilya Shkrob, Sergey Chemerisov, and Timothy...

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2010-06-02 09:42:31

Development model of Mars rover at University of Leicester on Friday June 4 A development model of the Mars Rover, called Bridget, is on display at the University Friday, June 4, providing invited schoolchildren as well as staff and students with an exciting glimpse into the shape of things to come. The event coincides with celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of space research at the University of Leicester. Scientists from the University of Leicester are involved in five instruments on...

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2010-05-04 14:45:00

A Jesuit priest at Vatican City, who is also the chief astronomer, says that star-gazing helps bring him closer to God. Jose Gabriel Funes, director of the Vatican's astronomic observatory, told the AFP news agency that he became an astronomer in order to "get closer to God who created the universe." While at the observatory in the park surrounding the pope's summer home, he remarked: "We wonder the same things that our secular colleagues do -- how does the universe work, how did it...


Latest Extraterrestrial life Reference Libraries

Reptilians
2013-09-05 08:02:45

Reptilians are depicted as reptile humanoid creatures that are used in science fiction, ufology, and in conspiracy theories. Sometimes reptilians are also called reptoids, reptiloids, or draconians. One of the first alleged contacts with a reptilian occurred in 1967 in Ashland, Nebraska. Police officer Herbert Schirmer claimed to have been abducted and taken aboard a UFO by reptile-like humanoids that had a winged serpent emblem on the left side of their chests. David Icke, a British...

Flatwoods monster
2013-08-26 08:20:20

The Flatwoods monster is claimed to be an unidentified species of either a terrestrial cryptid or an extraterrestrial being. It was reported being seen in the town of Flatwoods, West Virginia, on September 12, 1952 on some land owned by a local farmer, G. Bailey Fisher. The witnesses include two brothers, Edward and Fred May, their mother Kathleen, a friend of the boys, Tommy Hyer, along with Neil Nunley, Ronnie Shaver, and national guardsman Eugene Lemon. It was described as being ten...

Astrobiology (journal)
2012-06-04 18:56:55

Astrobiology is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published monthly by Mary Ann Liebert Inc. It is the official journal of the Astrobiology Society. As of May 2012, the editor-in-chief is Sherry L. Cady, PhD (Portland State University, Department of Geology). Astrobiology is the leading international journal for astronomers, biologists, chemists, geologists, microbiologists, paleontologists, and planetary scientists designed to advance our understanding of life’s origin, evolution, and...

Sagan, Carl
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 - December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer who pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and science in general. He is less well known for his skepticism. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sagan attended the University of Chicago, where he received a bachelor's degree (1955) and a master's degree (1956) in physics, before earning his doctorate (1960) in astronomy and astrophysics. He taught at Harvard University...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Xenobiology -- Xenobiology (or exobiology, or astrobiology) is the term for a speculative field within biology which considers the possibility of, and possible nature of, extraterrestrial life. It also necessarily includes the concept of artificial life, since any life form might naturally evolve elsewhere, could conceivably come out of a laboratory using a future technology. It might be difficult to tell whether a truly strange life form had in fact arisen in space, or was designed much...

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