NASA has announced a press conference on a new astrobiology
discovery scheduled for tomorrow morning at 11am pst.
Looking at the list of names below who are involved in the
press conference, there are a lot of really big guns here.
Specifically in the fields of exobiology and extremophile
Based on this, there has been a lot of speculation that NASA
has found significant evidence of extraterrestrial life. One
of the possibilities I've seen circulating is that the Cassini
mission may have found evidence of life on Titan or Enceladus.
Another possibility is that the remaining rover Opportunity
may have found organic fossils (or life) on Mars.
Any of these are possible. It could also be something rather less
exciting, or, conceivably, something even more exciting. Personally,
I'm not going to speculate,at least not publicly. But I do know that
my OUPV students will be getting their lunch break an hour early
Will post more tomorrow, when we'll all know. ================================= NASA SETS NEWS CONFERENCE ON ASTROBIOLOGY DISCOVERY;
SCIENCE JOURNAL HAS EMBARGOED DETAILS UNTIL 2 P.M. EST ON DEC. 2 WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. The news conference will be held at the NASA Headquarters auditorium at 300 E St. SW, in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website at http://www.nasa.gov. Participants are: - Mary Voytek, director, Astrobiology Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington - Felisa Wolfe-Simon, NASA astrobiology research fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Calif. - Pamela Conrad, astrobiologist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. - Steven Benner, distinguished fellow, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, Gainesville, Fla. - James Elser, professor, Arizona State University, Tempe Media representatives may attend the conference or ask questions by phone or from participating NASA locations. To obtain dial-in information, journalists must send their name, affiliation and telephone number to Steve Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-358-0918 by noon Dec. 2. For NASA TV streaming video and downlink information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv For more information about NASA astrobiology activities, visit: http://astrobiology.nasa.gov