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  1. Blog 63: NASA gets serious about alien civilizations
    27 Sep, 2018
    Blog 63: NASA gets serious about alien civilizations
    As I write, NASA is in the midst of a three-day workshop in Houston discussing ways to detect alien civilizations. Thomas Zurbuchen, the agency’s associate administrator in the Science Mission Directorate, tweeted on Tuesday: "I’m excited to announce that #NASA is taking the 1st steps to explore ways to search for life advanced enough to create technosignatures: signs or signals, which if observed, would let us infer the existence of technological life elsewhere in the universe. …" The NASA
  2. Blog 13: The Garden of Enceladus
    17 Apr, 2017
    Blog 13: The Garden of Enceladus
    The news last week from Saturn’s moon Enceladus was thrilling. The possibility of life elsewhere in the solar system suddenly seems highly plausible. Less than two years ago, scientists of the Cassini-Huygens project announced that the Cassini probe orbiting Saturn had found evidence that Enceladus has an ice-covered ocean that envelops the little moon. It was discovered through analyzing the moon’s wobble, which was different from what it would have been if Enceladus were solid. The motion
  3. Blog 8: Exoplanet Fever
    27 Feb, 2017
    Blog 8: Exoplanet Fever
    It would be hard to overestimate the importance of NASA’s latest exoplanet discovery, but I did. On Feb. 20, a news release from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, notified the world that a major announcement about planets around other stars was imminent: "NASA will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) Wednesday, Feb. 22, to present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets. The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency's

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