Has NASA found Alien Life!

It might be time to get excited! NASA has put out a press release that strongly indicates that they might of found something.

MEDIA ADVISORY : M10-167NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery; Science Journal Has Embargoed Details Until 2 p.m. EST On Dec. 2WASHINGTON — 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 [email protected] 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

ok so time for some more info! 

Pamela Conrad is a geobiologist and was the author of  a 2009 paper on geology and life on Mars

Felisa Wolfe-Simon is an oceanographer and has written extensively on photosynthesis using arsenic recently

Steven Benner is a biologist and is on the “Titan Team” at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where they’re looking at Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, as an early-Earth-like chemical environment.

James Elser is an ecologist and is involved with a NASA-funded astrobiology program called Follow the Elements, which looks at the chemistry of environments where life evolves (and not just looking at water or carbon or oxygen).

So people around the world have put this inormation together and come up with a theory that NASA is going to reveal on Thursday that they’ve discovered arsenic on Titan and maybe even detected chemical evidence of bacteria utilizing it for photosynthesis.

Of course this is all wild speculation and we will know more on Thursday. but it’s very exciting if you are a space nut like me!

Source: NASA with additional information from http://kottke.org/

GS Reporter: Matt

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