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Finding Life Beyond Earth is Within Reach

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#31    Noteverythingisaconspiracy

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 12:28 PM

View Posttaniwha, on 21 July 2014 - 11:56 AM, said:

If alien life is bacterial then NASA might need to invent an enormous space microscope.

Space microscopes allready exist - they are called telescopes. :tu:

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 12:50 PM

Speaking of Seti, can you imagine 20 civilizations listening for each other and never understanding that they were actually trying to convert I love Lucy broadcasted on Earth into sensible sounds?

That is most probably near to what is happening.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 10:25 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 27 July 2014 - 12:50 PM, said:

Speaking of Seti, can you imagine 20 civilizations listening for each other and never understanding that they were actually trying to convert I love Lucy broadcasted on Earth into sensible sounds?
You wouldn't need to be able to make sense of the signals to know (or at least suspect) that they were artificial in origin. In terms of radio waves Earth is now the brightest object for a hundred light years in all directions. Ant civilisation capable of observing the Earth and radio frequencies should be able to determine they are coming from a planet not a star. This should be a big clue that they are of an artificial origin without any need to translate the signals.

View Postquestionmark, on 27 July 2014 - 12:50 PM, said:

That is most probably near to what is happening.
Only if these listening to the signals are particularly thick, and I some how doubt that all astronomers in the universe are particularly thick.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 02:47 AM

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 08:09 AM

If they find Alien , They will hide it to the public!!!


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 08:23 PM

If they were worth a damn they would've found "us" already. I subscribe to the rare Earth theory, and distances to great to find one another in the universe, and intelligence never achieving the ability to do so.
It will never happen. The so called geniuses should focus on our own planet and ways to save it before it's seemingly inevitable destruction by man.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 09:02 PM

View Postbobb73, on 11 August 2014 - 08:23 PM, said:

The so called geniuses should focus on our own planet and ways to save it before it's seemingly inevitable destruction by man.
You don't need to be a genius to see the illogic of that statement. Astronomers are the right people to sort out Earth's problems in the same way that car mechanics are the right people to do open heart surgery.

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 06:06 PM

How many more years of funding does NASA expect from us taxpayers...I don't think they're planning on finding anything, more than likely they already have the answers to this, and they certainly aren't going to make it available to the public...cause if they do, the gravy train of worthless dollars will stop flowing in.... :yes:

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 10:53 PM

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How many more years of funding does NASA expect from us taxpayers...I don't think they're planning on finding anything, more than likely they already have the answers to this, and they certainly aren't going to make it available to the public...cause if they do, the gravy train of worthless dollars will stop flowing in.... :yes:

Your train of thought is so brutally illogical it hurts my head.  I am not going to explain to you why as it is pointless.

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 11:19 PM

View Post95-Nasty, on 17 July 2014 - 02:31 PM, said:

They have all ready found it! I remember something a few years ago about 'Red Rain' (any one else remember?). Basically it rained red rain over some city or town somewhere, the rain was analysed and it was discovered the redness was due to an unknown bacteria which originated from a meteorite, there for 'Alien Life'!

Red rain in Kerala is probably what you're referring to.

The initial report that the red rain was likely caused by an exploding meteor was retracted, and the official report stated that it was most likely caused by airborne spores from local algae, although some parts of the report were inconclusive.

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 05:14 AM

I suspect that if NASA found extraterrestrial life in any form, that would tell all about it as soon as it was confirmed; maybe even before that, as a possible discovery. They would then very probably receive a ton of money to further investigate the life they'd found, or may have found.


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Posted 23 November 2014 - 04:09 PM

View PostNiteMarcher, on 22 November 2014 - 06:06 PM, said:

How many more years of funding does NASA expect from us taxpayers...I don't think they're planning on finding anything, more than likely they already have the answers to this, and they certainly aren't going to make it available to the public...cause if they do, the gravy train of worthless dollars will stop flowing in.... :yes:


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Have a look at the list of 'spin-off' technologies from NASA and then add to that the scientific understanding of our universe that NASA has pioneered on more than one occasion and then tell me again how NASA's budget is a "gravy train of worthless dollars".

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 04:19 PM

View PostNiteMarcher, on 22 November 2014 - 06:06 PM, said:

How many more years of funding does NASA expect from us taxpayers...I don't think they're planning on finding anything, more than likely they already have the answers to this, and they certainly aren't going to make it available to the public...cause if they do, the gravy train of worthless dollars will stop flowing in.... :yes:

Try to look up information on NASA and you will find that they do a lot of work, for the relatively small budget. In 2012 NASA's budget was 0,48 % of the total US federal budget.

As a non American I can't really speak of NASA as a drain on my tax bill. But I am a tax payer in one of ESA's member states and I can say that I am very happy to be funding them. :tu:

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 11:08 PM

View PostMerc14, on 22 November 2014 - 10:53 PM, said:

Your train of thought is so brutally illogical it hurts my head.  I am not going to explain to you why as it is pointless.

View PostMerc14, on 22 November 2014 - 10:53 PM, said:

Your train of thought is so brutally illogical it hurts my head.  I am not going to explain to you why as it is pointless.
Money is not "illogical" - Those same old corporations will continue to benefit from the taxpayers. The main players haven't changed at all. We can't even solve the problems on earth that exist today and yet we continue to dump money into a program exploring outer space which has been going on since the mid 1950s. That's illogical...

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 11:16 PM

View PostNoteverythingisaconspiracy, on 23 November 2014 - 04:19 PM, said:

Try to look up information on NASA and you will find that they do a lot of work, for the relatively small budget. In 2012 NASA's budget was 0,48 % of the total US federal budget.

As a non American I can't really speak of NASA as a drain on my tax bill. But I am a tax payer in one of ESA's member states and I can say that I am very happy to be funding them. :tu:
What has NASA done for our everyday US citizens? Entertain us now and then and to what cost? This program should be privately funded....

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