NASA astrobiology announcement expected to feature Mono LakeDecember 1st, 2010 by Geoff, Executive Director
UPDATE: December 2, 2010: The press conference is over and the news is huge. See all our coverage of this major announcement here!
Today NASA announced a press conference that will 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.”
Internet discussion is abuzz and many speculations expect the announcement to include Mono Lake, in particular discussion of arsenic-loving bacteria within the lake, perhaps a newly discovered species. We’ll wait for the announcement, but Mono Lake’s bacterial residents may well reveal that entirely new and unexpected forms of life are possible on other planets.
More news as we hear it. The press conference is scheduled for December 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm Eastern Time (that’s 11am to us Mono Lake folks). Oh, and though many media reports are saying Mono Lake is within Yosemite National Park, don’t forget that the lake actually lies just outside the popular park, right in the heart of the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area!
Previous discussion in The Mono-logue: Mono Lake and the shadow biosphere
On the Internet: ‘Life as we don’t know it’ discovery could prove existence of aliens