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Open letter to NASA : from William Smith: 10:55 AM To: dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov Today’s  NASA press release seems to have forgotten that NASA and ESA have moved passed searching for water , and have started the difficult endeavour of seeking the signs of life. For you to state the NASA instruments are looking for the signs of water,...
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2014-10-15 : Just 4 days to go to Mars Obiter MAVEN turning from MARS to observe Comet Siding Spring. A short summary video is well worth watching http://youtu.be/AwMjoy_02Ic It should be noted that unlike short-period Comets Halley and 67P/G-C (Rosetta target) which are short period Comets (75 years and 7 years respectively), Comet Siding Spring...
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Dear Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe : In March 2014, I completed a paper entitled “Comet ISON – The Carrier of Life from Another Star System”   See free PDF at http://1drv.ms/1o9sIhk . This is in the format of a magazine article but has not been published.  The conclusion on p.38 includes the following paragraph : 3.10 Can...
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At a UN-sponsored Symposium on the “Space Science and the United Nations” held in Graz Austria from 22-24 September 2014, I  presented a paper entitled “The transition from Earth-centred biology to cosmic life” with co-authors Gensuke Tokoro and Milton Wainwright. The paper, now published in Journal of Cosmology (JoC, 24, 12080-12096) argues that a paradigm...
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Kirkwall Science Festival  in the Orkney Islands, Scotland I have been sounding out the opinions of diverse groups of people about the current feeling about the origins of life.  I was the principal lecturer at this year’s science festival in Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands, my lectures on the case for Panspermia and “life as a cosmic...
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Hoping to have some interesting dialog on Reddit : http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2ew45f/im_professor_chandra_wickramasinghe_director_of/  
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Dear Vladimir :  I congratulate you on the recent news on your team’s discovery of living plankton on the outside of the ISS. I would be interested in your comments on the following questions : 1. Can your team explain in more detail the hypothesis that the diatoms rose through the atmosphere to 400 km?...
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The Daily Mail today reported : “….that traces of plankton and other microorganisms have been found living on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS), according to Russian space officials.  They claim the plankton were not carried there at launch – but are thought to have been blown there by air currents on Earth. Incredibly,...
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Dear Dr. Alessandria (Rotundi) GIADA’s Principal Investigator : I enjoyed your BLOG at http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/08/13/giada-touches-the-comet/ and congratulate you and the Rosetta Team for your skill and determination. I am updating WIKIPEDIA and have a question on the dust particles. I understand that contrary to popular belief, there ARE some  experiments on Rosetta which will in fact show how NASA and...
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About the double nature of the comet as recently discovered.  It is anybody’s guess what the surface will reveal. In spite of the uncertainties inherent in the present calculation, it is possible to interpret the surprisingly large outflow of water observed from the Comet 67P/C-G (Churyumov-Gerasimenko) on June 6, 2014, when the comet was between...
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