Astrobiology: December 2006 Archives

Mission Status Report: GeneSat-1 Status Report: 19 Dec 2006 12 noon PST (Mission Day 4; Biology Experiment Day 2)

"The results to this point are nothing short of SPECTACULAR!! All the subsystems appear to be performing flawlessly. Optics are making stable measurements, fluidics have fed the E. coli, the bugs are growing well and GLOWING, temperature, pressure, and humidity are stable at the right values."

Mission Status Report: NASA Starts Experiment on Orbiting GeneSat-1 Satellite

Mission Status Report: NASA's Orbiting GeneSat-1 Radios Date to Team on Earth

GeneSat-1 is Operational

Mission Status Report: NASA's Orbiting GeneSat-1 Radios Date to Team on Earth

"The GeneSat-1 ground control station at NASA Ames will receive data radioed from the micro-laboratory after it has completed its observations and tests of the bacteria inside. The biological test will last only 96 hours, but the GeneSat-1 team will evaluate the stability of the orbiting payload's systems for four months to a year. The Small Spacecraft Office at NASA's Ames teamed up with industry and local universities to develop the fully automated, miniature GeneSat spaceflight system that provides life support for small living things."

GeneSat Mission Dashboard, Santa Clara University

GeneSat1, Real Time Satellite Tracking, NORAD ID: 29655 Int'l Code: 2006-058C

Where is GenSat1?

GeneSat Launched

NASA's GeneSat-1 Reaches Orbit on Air Force Rocket

"NASA's GeneSat-1 rode an Air Force rocket into Earth orbit on Dec. 16, 2006 at 4 a.m. PST (7 a.m. EST) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. The satellite's locator beacon has been detected, and data has been received as GeneSat-1 orbits Earth, according to scientists."

View Launch Video

Editor's 17 Dec 11:00 am EST update: GeneSat was launched more than 24 hours ago - yet ARC still hasn't bothered to up date its own website to make note of this rather important event. The ARC home page has a link that says "GeneSat-1 Set to Launch on TacSat-2 Mission" and the GeneSat home page itself (which the NASA press release tells you to visit) still says "TacSat2 launch delayed due to technical issue with the TacSat2 spacecraft." ARC PAO certainly knows that the launch has happened. However, it would seem that they don't really care to let people know. Too bad. Smallsats such as this mission could mean a lot of exciting new work at ARC.

Editor's 17 Dec 8:00 pm EST update: ARC PAO finally got around to updating their websites to reflect a major news story affecting their center. If ARC wants to be positioned at the cutting edge of Internet technology ARC PAO is going to need to learn how to be able to update their website after hours and on weekends.

Are There Martians On Earth?

Was Earth Ever Infected by Martian Biota? Clues from Radioresistant Bacteria, Astrobiology

"Here we propose that the radioresistance (tolerance to ionizing radiation) observed in several terrestrial bacteria has a martian origin. Multiple inconsistencies with the current view of radioresistance as an accidental side effect of tolerance to desiccation are discussed. Experiments carried out 25 years ago were reproduced to demonstrate that "ordinary" bacteria can develop high radioresistance ability after multiple cycles of exposure to high radiation dosages followed by cycles of recovery of the bacterial population."


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