11.17.2012

November 17, 2012: Space and Alien News


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Amino Acids in Space Rocks?: The hunt for extraterrestrial life doesn't just mean checking out Mars for water samples. NASA is also getting ready to test out rocks from outer planets’ moons, and Kuiper Belt Objects. Rocks from places this far off would hopefully have significantly less or, better yet, no contamination. Using a liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer to observe the chirality of amino acids, or if they have superimposed mirror images, NASA’s Stephanie Getty might just answer the question about extraterrestrial life before Curiosity does.

Water Wars in Space: Water is phenomenally useful in pretty much all circumstances imaginable. Out in space, though, it might be even more useful, as water can be used for fuel, air, and drinking water, and it’s an easy thing to get and carry if there’s not a whole lot of gravity surrounding it – like on the moon. As long-term space travel is lowly becoming a more and more viable idea, there’s going to be an increasingly large amount of money for people who can provide much-needed resources. So Astrobiotic and others are creating a bit of a ‘water rush’ to see who can (1) get to the moon, (2) find the frozen water, and (3) claim it before anything else. We can probably expect this to result in all sorts of legal problems in the future, so it will be interesting

Mars May Have Life… Again: I know I wasn’t going to comment about the possibility of life on Mars until something approaching certainty came about but this is a new avenue, at least in the past few months, that’s a bit interesting. Mars’s impact craters have hydrothermal fractures around them, implying that Mars once had water warm enough to support microbial life kind of like that at Yellowstone Park. Also, through studying Martian meteorites that came to Earth, scientists can analyze parts of the history of Mars’s eventual cool down over time

Mars May Have Life… Again, 2.0: Geologically speaking, Mars has had a lot of recent water activity. A series of thawings and freezings has drastically affected Mars’s surface, and these cycles, like pretty much everything that we learn about Mars, could point to the potential for life having been sustained on Mars. But, like usual, there’s nothing definite either way. There are, however, distinct similarities between bits of Mars and an archipelago in the Arctic called Svalbard, so at least something definite was found.
Found: One Rogue Planet: There’s been a bit of controversy surrounding the idea of rogue planets, as we had never found one for certain—at least one that could be positively identified as a planet instead of a brown dwarf. But our new planetary discovery, CFBDSIR J214947.2-040308.9, is free-floating, about 100 light-years away, and slightly glows. Now that rogue planets are known to exist, science can get down to answering the interesting questions about them: if they’re planets that have just been thrown from the star they used to orbit or are just lone objects, if there are lots of ‘orphaned worlds,’ and a bit more of the physics in the universe.


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