These bodies have been of interest to astrobiologists
because their dim nature means their habitable zones are theoretically very close.
David Morrison, a senior scientist and astrobiologist
at NASA's Ames Research Center is working to inform the public that each of the claims are false and there is no reason that December 21, 2012 will be different from any other day on Earth.
Nathalie Cabrol (of the SETI Institute and herself an observer in the BAA Mars Section during 1988-1990), is quoted in Sky & Telescope (1) as saying that Gale is likely once to have supported a water-rich environment that changed from warm and wet to cold, with ice-covered water, 'which could have provided suitable oases for various communities of microorganisms'.
It is learning about the limits of the terrestrial biosphere," said astrobiologist
Charles Cockell of the Open University.
Christopher McKay, who first raised the question of whether Mars has rights in a 1990 essay in the book Moral Expertise: Studies in Practical and Professional Ethics, argues that if Martian life is a second genesis, "its enormous potential for practical benefit to humans in terms of knowledge" might "exceed the opportunity cost of not establishing human settlements on Mars.
Pan Conrad, whose carbon compound-seeking instrument is on the rover, wore a bright blue, short-sleeve blouse emblazoned with rockets, planets and the words, "Next stop Mars
So had University of Colorado, Boulder philosopher and astrobiologist
But, says NASA astrobiologist
Chris McKay, who has worked on searches for life on Mars and extreme places on Earth, "There are real things we can point to and show that being optimistic about life elsewhere is not silly.
Some stereotypes do turn up, like the zealous nun, Sister Chastity, the seductive astrobiologist
, Oparna Goshmaulik, and the absent- minded Acharya -- he forgets his wife in the car and advances hypotheses on junk DNA as post- coital chatter with his mistress, Oparna.
David Morrison, a senior scientist at NASA's Astrobiology Institute and host of NASA's Web-based "Ask an Astrobiologist
," has received thousands of questions from people who are "genuinely frightened" by the prophecy.
Features include "Astrofacts"--sidebars on topics ranging from making fake UFO pictures to simple experiments--and short biographies highlighting the life and work of an astrobiologist
, an astronomer and a space artist.
London College from University Dartnell Lewis Dr astrobiologist
and hairlessness, muscles underdeveloped head, Aswollen 4.