“Life is Electric” –NASA Enigma Study Explores Origins of Life on Earth & Beyond

Enceladus Moon of Saturn

 

“In science fiction, there is a lot of effort put into searching for signs of life like plants, animals and organisms that look like us. But there is a higher probability that alien life will be at the microscopic level,” says Rutgers University geochemist, Nathan Yee, co-investigator at the NASA-funded ENIGMA project that’s researching how proteins, “sophisticated nanomachines,” evolved to create life on earth. “That fact is so much more interesting when you consider what the earliest lifeforms on Earth were capable of doing.”

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NASA’s “TESS Mission Objects” –Targets of Alien Civilizations Probe

 

TESS First Light

 

“I do indeed suspect there are other intelligent civilizations in the galaxy – we just need to look!” said astrophysicist Andrew Siemion, principal investigator for the Breakthrough Listen program and director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center, in an email to dailygalaxy.com.

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Planet Earth Report –“Worst Day in Earth’s History to Japan’s ‘Ghost’ Wolves”

 

Earth from ISS

 

The “Planet Earth Report” connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our planet and the future of the human species.

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Insight & Curiosity on Mars –“New Image of Human Footprint in the Solar System”

Mars Insight Lander

 

NASA selected the Elysium Planitia region of the Red Planet as the landing site for its InSight lander –an 81-mile long, 17-mile-wide (130-kilometer-long, 27-kilometer-wide) landing ellipse on the western edge of a flat, smooth expanse of lava plain. The site-selection team focused on a band around the equator, where the lander’s solar array would have adequate sunlight to power its systems year-round and be safe enough for InSight to land and then deploy its solar panels and instruments without obstructions.

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“Green Light” –Organic Precursors to Life Detected on Ocean Moon Enceladus

Enceladus

 

The ongoing deep dive into data from NASA’s Cassini mission has found smaller and soluble organic building blocks on Saturn’s ocean-moon Enceladus – potential precursors for amino acids and other ingredients required for life on Earth. The findings shows that Enceladus’ ocean has reactive building blocks in abundance, and it’s another green light in the investigation of the habitability of Enceladus, said co-author Frank Postberg, about new kinds of organic compounds, the ingredients of amino acids, that have been detected in the Enceladus’ towering plumes.

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“Revolutionary Implications” –Life Will Soon Be Found on Mars, NASA’s Chief Scientist

 

ExoMars

 

NASA chief scientist Jim Green, says we’re just years away from finding life on Mars, but the world is not ready for the “revolutionary” implications of the discovery as two Mars-bound rovers –from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA)– are scheduled to launch next year and will land on the red planet by March 2021 and one or both could find evidence of life within months. The discovery will start a whole new line of thinking, says Green. “I don’t think we’re prepared for the results. I’ve been worried about that because I think we’re close to finding it and making some announcements,” he told Great Britain’s The Telegraph.

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