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Newfound planet may support alien life


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#16    spud the mackem

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:43 AM

If we do determine that there is life of some sort on this planet,what happens next ?


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:32 PM

It's not altogether clear that a technological species would necessarily alter the atmosphere of its planet sufficiently for us to detect their presence in this way. If atmospheric signs of life in general were found at an extra-solar planet, there would probably be an all-out effort to detect any signs of radio transmissions from it. The SETI Institute is doing this merely on the strength  of planets being detected around a given star, without any knowledge, yet, about life being present.


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Posted 11 October 2012 - 10:42 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 09 October 2012 - 08:43 AM, said:

If we do determine that there is life of some sort on this planet,what happens next ?

We nuke'em! :lol:


Well, it's "only" 50 light years away, it could be one of the first targets for the 100 Year Starship Project


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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:17 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 09 October 2012 - 08:43 AM, said:

If we do determine that there is life of some sort on this planet,what happens next ?
that's what i'd like to know.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:47 AM

View PostJGirl, on 11 October 2012 - 11:17 PM, said:

that's what i'd like to know.
  They will probably go into Secret Squirrel mode and tell no one in case we panic.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 10:52 AM

View Postspud the mackem, on 09 October 2012 - 08:43 AM, said:

If we do determine that there is life of some sort on this planet,what happens next ?

Some people would claim that we never found anything out and there is no real proof... Some would claim the government faked the info for some nefarious reason.. some would start dancing around claiming 'the aliens' are our spiritual saviours and we should be 'more like them' -even though we have no idea what they are like... some would claim they are our spiritual enemies and we must protect agains them...  some would insist that we spend trillions to contact them... some would insist that we do our utmost to hide from them...  Religious people would debate all sides of the spectrum as to what it means... Non-religious people would debate all sides of the spectrum as to what it means... Some people would riot (stealing lots of TVs)... Some would stay calm...

And all of them would find their way on to UM.... :whistle:

In the end everything would settle down and life would go on without much permanent change...

Edited by Taun, 12 October 2012 - 10:54 AM.





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