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30Nov/10

Has NASA discovered extraterrestrial life?

Just wanted to give all of you a heads up in case you haven't heard about this yet.  Apparently NASA has made some sort of "Astrobiology Discovery" and they're going to be discussing it during a press conference on Thursday.

For those unfamiliar with NASA's attempts to find life outside of our own atmosphere, Astrobiology is essentially a field that attempts to describe and investigate the conditions under which life can emerge and propagate in the universe.

Until now, we've found quite a few clues that life could exist (or at least existed in the past) in our galaxy.  For example, investigations of mars suggest that there were once large oceans of water that carved out the numerous ravines, canyons, and mountains that are spread all around its surface.  However, we still haven't found any definitive evidence of currently living organisms.

Granted, nobody has any idea what they're actually talking about (though there have been hints that it may have something to do with Saturn's largest moon, "Titan"), but they have noted that this is likely going to "impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life."  It may be a long shot, but I can't help but be excited about this.

A live stream of the conference will be broadcast this Thursday, December 2nd at 2:00pm eastern time (11:00am PST).  Check out http://www.nasa.gov/ for the video.

Update: So it looks like this announcement may have something to do with large amounts of arsenic on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.  One of the members on the team has been trying to find evidence of organisms that live off of arsenic in California, so maybe this has something to do with what they've found...only time will tell!

via NASA

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