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Message 1052040 - Posted: 30 Nov 2010, 13:08:29 UTC

NASA has set the interwebs a-tremble with a teasing announcement to the global media that a news conference will be held in Washington DC on Thursday "to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life".


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/30/nasa_aliens_revelations/


Does the Café feel like speculating ?
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Message 1052041 - Posted: 30 Nov 2010, 13:12:41 UTC - in response to Message 1052040.

could it be that they are reporting that the still havent found anything

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Message 1052043 - Posted: 30 Nov 2010, 13:16:23 UTC

Seems if it was really newsbreaking they would spit it out now. Just another who shot JR to rile up veiwers.
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Message 1052048 - Posted: 30 Nov 2010, 14:07:22 UTC

In decreasing order or probability:

1. They will ask for more funding
2. They will announce an exo-bio instrument on some planned satellite that may or may not be built in 10 years.
3. One of the extra solar planet searches has found another Goldilocks planet
4. One of the extra solar planet searches has found signs of water vapour in the atmosphere of a Goldilocks planet
5. One of the extra solar planet searches has found traces of organic compounds in an atmosphere
6. another WOW signal
7. They will finally open the vaults at Roswell
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Message 1052057 - Posted: 30 Nov 2010, 15:40:17 UTC - in response to Message 1052048.

I doubt NASA would announce # 6 just because they arent searching for signals
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Message 1052061 - Posted: 30 Nov 2010, 16:29:10 UTC

They will announce the discovery of extraterrestrial life, but this lifeform lives on a 12 mile wide asteroid and is coming toward the Earth at 47,000 miles per hour.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=louXPUW7tHU
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Message 1052072 - Posted: 30 Nov 2010, 20:38:11 UTC

Y A W N

Come on peeps, do behave ....

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Message 1052166 - Posted: 1 Dec 2010, 7:15:30 UTC

NASA = Never A Straight Answer

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Message 1052197 - Posted: 1 Dec 2010, 12:26:46 UTC

In 2011, NASA plans to launch the Mars Science Laboratory rover which will continue the search for past or present life on Mars using a variety of scientific instruments. The European Space Agency has been developing the ExoMars astrobiology rover, which is to be launched in 2018.


Could be an update on this.

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Message 1052203 - Posted: 1 Dec 2010, 12:52:20 UTC - in response to Message 1052197.

In 2011, NASA plans to launch the Mars Science Laboratory rover which will continue the search for past or present life on Mars using a variety of scientific instruments. The European Space Agency has been developing the ExoMars astrobiology rover, which is to be launched in 2018.


Could be an update on this.


I think that falls under #2 on my list.
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Message 1052214 - Posted: 1 Dec 2010, 13:58:36 UTC
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The panel participants for NASA at this announcement are as follows (with specialization in brackets):
Mary Voytek (USGS astrobiologist; aquatic microbial ecology)
Pamela Conrad (astrobiologist/astrogeology; life on Mars)
Felisa Wolfe-Smith (oceanography/astrobiology; arsenic biochemistry, cyanobacteria)
Steven Benner (JPL remote-sensing instrument systems manager)
James Elser (algal biology/exobiology; evolution of non-carbon life forms)


So my guess:
NASA's Cassini fly-by of Enceladus detected 'warm cracks'. From some remote-sensing gear, these cracks will be revealed on Thursday to appear to have the chemical signatures consistent with non-carbon-based algal life.

<LATER EDIT:
On second thought, having looked at the research done by the press-conference participants, my (second guess is) it will be something about algae found on earth but highly unusual.

Which means Bill's Roswell guess #7 could be mostly correct./>

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Message 1052220 - Posted: 1 Dec 2010, 14:26:54 UTC

Maybe they found sea monkeys on another meteorite...
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Message 1052239 - Posted: 1 Dec 2010, 15:48:51 UTC - in response to Message 1052203.

In 2011, NASA plans to launch the Mars Science Laboratory rover which will continue the search for past or present life on Mars using a variety of scientific instruments. The European Space Agency has been developing the ExoMars astrobiology rover, which is to be launched in 2018.


Could be an update on this.


I think that falls under #2 on my list.

Or maybe and highly unlikely, NASA is bringing back after much updating the Saturn V rocket, But We'll all find out soon.
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Message 1052251 - Posted: 1 Dec 2010, 16:38:19 UTC

My USAF contacts tell me that in part they will be announcing evidence of a Wal*Mart on Europa.

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Message 1052252 - Posted: 1 Dec 2010, 16:48:09 UTC - in response to Message 1052251.

My USAF contacts tell me that in part they will be announcing evidence of a Wal*Mart on Europa.


anybody know of a good method to get coffee out of a laptop keyboard? At least the screen is clean now...
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Message 1052256 - Posted: 1 Dec 2010, 17:22:30 UTC

As I have said before many times, National Security would not allow NASA, or anybody else for that matter, to broadcast or announce that they had found evidence of Extraterrestrial Intelligence. However what they may be able to do as in the case of microbe evidence apparently found in Mars rocks, is to say that they have found more similar evidence from somewhere else.

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Message 1052263 - Posted: 1 Dec 2010, 17:53:38 UTC

Likely results from:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/news/releases/2010/M10-98.html

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Message 1052345 - Posted: 1 Dec 2010, 22:29:34 UTC - in response to Message 1052252.
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anybody know of a good method to get coffee out of a laptop keyboard? At least the screen is clean now...

I've read somewhere on the boards that they survive a pass through the dishwasher (if you can separate it from the laptop). And dry it very meticulously before reimplanting!

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[edit]found it: Message 976553 - Posted 7 Mar 2010 17:58:40 UTC :-)[/edit]

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Message 1052375 - Posted: 2 Dec 2010, 2:06:28 UTC

The Sun newspaper in the UK broke the news embargo early. Now its all over the internet.

This is the news;
bacteria has been found at the bottom of Mono Lake in California's Yosemite National Park which is rich in arsenic - usually poisonous to life

Story; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/8174040/Life-as-we-dont-know-it-discovery-could-prove-existence-of-aliens.html

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So they found arsenic based life in Mono lake, California. To be honest, i'm not sure just how significant that is, so we will have to wait for the NASA experts to tell us exactly why it merited such a bold press announcement. I call it hyping up a less than average science discovery. This discovery does NOT get us any closer to detecting other life in the universe.

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Message 1052390 - Posted: 2 Dec 2010, 3:44:26 UTC - in response to Message 1052375.

Story; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/8174040/Life-as-we-dont-know-it-discovery-could-prove-existence-of-aliens.html

Mono lake picked itself up and moved into Yosemite National Park? Now that is a real story!

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