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#1    Saru

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:51 AM

Astronomers have identified an extrasolar planet that is a top contender in the hunt for alien life.

Live Science said:

The Planetary Habitability Laboratory (PHL) at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo keeps a catalog of the alien worlds it considers good candidates to host life. The newly discovered Gliese 163c ranks fifth on the list.

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#2    Sir Wearer of Hats

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:24 AM

given that, apparently, NASA can't prove there's life here on Earth, I'll wait for the aliens to find us I think.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 02:50 PM

Unless they perfect warp drive technology or some other exotic mode of propulsion or teleportation, what's the point?  50 light years is too far away anyway...


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Posted 22 September 2012 - 03:20 PM

lol but capt ive given her all shes got there just isn't any more less i get out an push!... Are we there yet?....I gota pee!...Honey are you lost?...Are we there yet?...Babe your lost arn't you  see i told you to pull over and ask that nice alien at mars....(man rolling eyes)  Yeah dad you should have stoped and asked  besided that alien was qute...Are we there yet? ((all at once))..NOOOOOOOOO!! (song on space raido) we'r starrrr traking across the univerce only going forwards cause we cant find reverceeeee


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Posted 22 September 2012 - 03:22 PM

View Postjustcalmebubba, on 22 September 2012 - 03:20 PM, said:

lol but capt ive given her all shes got there just isn't any more less i get out an push!... Are we there yet?....I gota pee!...Honey are you lost?...Are we there yet?...Babe your lost arn't you  see i told you to pull over and ask that nice alien at mars....(man rolling eyes)  Yeah dad you should have stoped and asked  besided that alien was qute...Are we there yet? ((all at once))..NOOOOOOOOO!! (song on space raido) we'r starrrr traking across the univerce only going forwards cause we cant find reverceeeee
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 06:23 PM

Another planet that "may" support life. How many is that now? 856? Give it a rest.


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Posted 22 September 2012 - 06:39 PM

Earth once supported life . There must be a search on for more killing fields .


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Posted 22 September 2012 - 06:45 PM

Gliese? Where have I heard thta before? Is this old news? Or is this where a signel came form or something?


View Postbewizardry_unharmonic, on 22 September 2012 - 06:23 PM, said:

Another planet that "may" support life. How many is that now? 856? Give it a rest.

Yeah we herar this every month, it's boring. Just tell us when we actually find life. lol

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 07:34 PM

Haha jeez guys the title clearly says "may" support life, if you're not interested in reading what they are presenting to you then why did you read it? Haha the de-evolving, ego-centric, instant satisfaction, "the world revolves around ME" human speaks.


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Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:43 PM

hahaha lol @Mantis!!1


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Posted 23 September 2012 - 04:12 PM

spacetruckers was a ok movie with dennis hopper cheesy but it had its moments like ice pirates  and  spacehunter..oh the late 80's early 90's scifi movies...oh sorry lost in a hazy blis of space adventures okay where was i? oh yeah earth bound misfit yeah sign me up  for space trucking  no dot laws in outerspace i reckon  it'd be the last place an outlaw trucker could fk off the log book and blast the scale house to get'r' done


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Posted 23 September 2012 - 06:27 PM

People, we have a section for discussing movies, and this isn't it. Can we please get back to something that at least approximates being on topic.

Thank you.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 06:43 PM

View PostSaru, on 22 September 2012 - 10:51 AM, said:

Astronomers have identified an extrasolar planet that is a top contender in the hunt for alien life.

Ok, so if it's in the Goldilocks zone, it may harbor life.
How exactly would we then determine if it does in fact, harbor life...what type or if it's intelligent?
What then would be our next step?  Send a probe?  Just catalog it and move on to the next?

I guess these will be answered in due course.  Significant progress has already been made, in that not long ago, it was only a theory that other stars may have planets!
If you think about it, that really is leaps and bounds of developments in a short time.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 08:09 PM

View Postsynchronomy, on 23 September 2012 - 06:43 PM, said:

Ok, so if it's in the Goldilocks zone, it may harbor life.
How exactly would we then determine if it does in fact, harbor life...what type or if it's intelligent?

Yes, and one thing is for certain. Given our past history and current state-of-affairs, intelligent life on earth is pretty much negated.
We must look for it elsewhere, or deep within ourselves.


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Posted 23 September 2012 - 11:31 PM

View Postsynchronomy, on 23 September 2012 - 06:43 PM, said:

What then would be our next step?  Send a probe?  Just catalog it and move on to the next?
Sending a probe is out of the question for the foreseeable future, unless you want to wait tens of thousands of years for the results.

Analysis of the atmospheric composition of the planet could give indication of life, that capability will be available soon.

Determining whether there is intelligent life or not is a tricky matter, after all many people consider dolphins intelligent but they are unlikely to become a technological species. If a species has developed technology on a planet (and is at a level we are capable of understanding) then radio communications would be a give away, and also (once again) atmospheric composition.

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