Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Search for Extra-solar Planetary Systems

Had Carl Sagan been alive today he would have been extremely thrilled with the fact that new extra solar planetary systems are being discovered almost on a weekly basis. New planets mean more potential abodes for life and perhaps consciousness elsewhere in the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond.

Today on Cosmic Visions I will be posting five videos concerning the search for extra-solar planetary systems and the concomitant search for life and sentience throughout the Cosmos. Also as our space missions to the outer solar system have revealed there are over a hundred other exotic worlds in our solar system that hold the promise of life - the moons of Jupiter, Saturn Uranus and Neptune, each a world in its own right. So join me on the most exciting odyssey made possible by the science of our age as we explore a plethora of Alien Worlds and Moons and embark on an Alien Safari.

Finally we look at the latest tool to be deployed in the search for worlds very much like our own- NASA’s NASA Kepler mission, scheduled to launch in February 2009. Also take the opportunity to become part of this great adventure and have your name placed on board the spacecraft that discovers the first known Earth-like planet beyond our solar system.

The Universe - Alien Planets

The Universe - Alien Moons

The Universe Astrobiology

The Kepler Mission

Space Mysteries - Alien Safari