The announcement of a press conference on Thursday by NASA to discuss life on other places in the universe has worked the internet into a lather. Keyboards smoked as bloggers from the four corners of the Earth, fueled by Mountain Dew and Ritalin, pontificated as to what ever NASA would be wanting to tell the public about.
Earlier this week, NASA announced that at two o'clock Thursday they will be holding a press conference on astrobiological findings that they say 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," NASA explains in its advisory. And that's about as much as the space agency is saying about the discovery right now. However, the advisory includes a list of the speakers for the briefing.
Among those speakers is Felisa Wolfe-Simon, a researcher at the U.S. Geological Survey who says she's concentrating on "arsenic biogeochemistry, cyanobacteria, novel uses for as yet undescribed metalloenzymes and of course, arsenic-based life!"
Other speakers include NASA astrobiologist Pamela Conrad, who specializes in planetary habitability assessment; Steven Benner of the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, who studies the chemical foundations of biology; and Arizona State University’s James, who focuses on life in extreme environments.
With a set up like that, it was no wonder that the Net went nuts.
Bloggers the world over blew their collective loads upon news of the press conference and its titillating theme.
What could it be about???
Life discovered on Titan? On Mars??? Or the moon???
Maybe even actual extraterrestrial contact?!?!
Until 2 p.m. Thursday, there's no telling...
Now as a respected member of the media as well as a card carrying member of the "Tin Foil Hat Society", I too have formulated an opinion as to what the press conference is going to be all about...
It will be about what constitutes "life" and where it can be found to exist.
The press conference will be about how NASA has had to reevaluate what it considers to be the building blocks of life and that because of this they will be broadening their search for what they perceive to be a "habitable planet".
Of course, I did zero research to formulate this opinion unless you want to count smoking copious amounts of high grade hydroponics while listening to Coast to Coast AM with George Noory "research".
Just feeling that for a while now NASA's classification of "habitable planets" (as well as the alien life forms capable of evolving on such alien environments) has biased their search, limiting them to primarily focusing on carbon based environments (similar to what we would need to survive) as oppoed to every environment.I am sure we will be speaking more on this in the coming days...