CategoryPanspermia

The Tanpopo project will hopefully confirm the survival of bacteria in the near-Earth environment at the distance of the ISS orbit and thus verify earlier results of Cockell et al (1). More importantly, perhaps it will sample the environment outside the ISS for ambient or in-falling microbes that may be of extraterrestrial origin. In this...
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Aug 3, 2015 : Comet Evidence Supports Theory of Cosmic Life http://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-independent/20150803/281998966169777/TextView  
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It has long been hypothesized that comets are one of the main carriers of DNA/RNA and complex molecules of life inside the Solar System. Surely 67P/Rosetta offers an important opportunity that ESA must seize – and on THIS mission! NOT on a new mission sometime in the future. When Chandra Wickramasinghe attended early design meetings...
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I am happy to be able to report the rapid acceptance of Panspermia into academia. A new generation of astrobiologists  have embraced panspermia especially as it relates to the solar system. Well worth scanning is this 1-page PDF from last Friday’s New Scientist.  New Scientist – 2015-8-8 Dr. Chris McKay, Astrobiologist at NASA AMES  gives animated explanation of panspermia. As...
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Email from Bill Smith to Haley Sapers 2015-7-10 Dear Haley : Chandra writes : I will certainly send you (Bill and Haley) the meteorite sample – a porous piece of rock about 2-3 cm across. Before I send Chandra the shipping details, please confirm you are still ready to undertake this project. It would help...
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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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Further thoughts on the ISS discovery news. FYI – From WIKIPEDIA : Diatoms are a major group of algae, and are among the most common types of phytoplankton. Diatoms are traditionally divided into two orders: centric diatoms (Centrales), which are radially symmetrical  – this seems to be what has been identified but we are not sure pennate diatoms...
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July 2014 : I am sure you already know that Rosetta will be the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet – with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G). I risk the ire of other astronomers by referring to the COMET as COMET ROSETTA only because the latest name 67P/C-G just does not capture my imagination. I...
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I am delighted to launch our new quarterly email newsletter. It is aimed at the general public with an interest in science and especially in my life-time passion – everything related to the sometimes contentious concept that LIFE IS A COSMIC PHENOMENON. To do this, we’re going to look at using one of the best...
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