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NASA head comments on finding alien life

By T.K. Randall
December 7, 2015 · Comment icon 27 comments

NASA doesn't seem to think we are likely to encounter an intelligent alien race. Image Credit: NASA
Charles Bolden has commented on what would happen if NASA encountered an extraterrestrial life form.
The discovery that we are not alone in the universe is likely to be one of the most important events in human history - but what procedures do we have in place to deal with such an eventuality ?

According to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, an encounter with an intelligent life form is so unlikely that the space agency has no policies in place at all for handling such a situation.

"We do have guidelines for dealing with microbial life if we find it," Bolden told IFL Science.

"In fact, we have guidelines that prevent us from, for example, on Mars getting too close to a place that may be a source of living organisms, because we don't want to contaminate that area."
This policy of avoidance is also something echoed by Professor Stephen Hawking who, unlike Bolden, seems to take the possibility of contact with intelligent life a lot more seriously.

"We don't know much about aliens, but we know about humans," he said recently.

"If you look at history, contact between humans and less intelligent organisms have often been disastrous from their point of view, and encounters between civilizations with advanced versus primitive technologies have gone badly for the less advanced."

"A civilization reading one of our messages could be billions of years ahead of us. If so, they will be vastly more powerful, and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria."

Source: Inquisitr.com | Comments (27)




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Comment icon #18 Posted by Emma_Acid 8 years ago
if they aliens are inferior to us surely we will put them in cages at Zoo, will hunt them, kill them for fun sports or eat them cooked with rice. Can someone prove me wrong ? How would we meet them if they were "inferior" to us? (whatever "interior" means)
Comment icon #19 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot 8 years ago
if they aliens are inferior to us surely we will put them in cages at Zoo, will hunt them, kill them for fun sports or eat them cooked with rice. Can someone prove me wrong ? Unfortunately you are right my friend. The world ( and not so long ago ) had 'Emu war'. Knowing that, there is no need to mention any of extinct species, that is just icing on the cake. Surely the most cruel individuals are part of humans - animals kill to eat, people kill for fun and they even kill other people. Can we ride Mars bacteria? Go for it! Selfie with Mars microbes? Go for it. Gone viral... Brains gone... Goril... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by Harte 8 years ago
How would we meet them if they were "inferior" to us? (whatever "interior" means) If they were "interior," we would already have eaten them. This (obviously) presupposes introductions. Harte
Comment icon #21 Posted by sheeha 8 years ago
MMMM taste like chicken! and I prefer mashed potatoes with my alien!
Comment icon #22 Posted by Physics Phreak 8 years ago
One does wonder what the reaction will be if alien life is discovered. A week ago the international media were in raptures over the detection of gravitational waves - the most important discovery of the century, and so on. A week later, it's forgotten and the media has moved on to other subjects. Perhaps the same situation will occur when (if) alien life is discovered - the most important discovery of all time, and so on. No doubt the media interest will last substantially longer than a week, but even such a momentous event will become yesterday's news.
Comment icon #23 Posted by JesseCuster 8 years ago
I can. Rice spikes my blood glucose. I'd eat them in a nice stew, with some taters and carrots, maybe an onion. Harte I have a nut intolerance. As long as there's no walnuts, cashews, etc. As much as I love those ingredients in a meal they give me horrible digestive symptoms.So someone please concoct an alien meal without nuts and I'll gladly partake in a nice alien stew. I'll take along some really nice pale ales to wash it down with.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Nnicolette 8 years ago
Theres a lot of missing people and a lot of people eager to eat some alien... You dont suppose that there are aliens eager to eat us after a long trip through void space do you?
Comment icon #25 Posted by spud the mackem 8 years ago
if they aliens are inferior to us surely we will put them in cages at Zoo, will hunt them, kill them for fun sports or eat them cooked with rice. Can someone prove me wrong ? I suggest that Aliens visiting us would be not be "inferior", as they have long distance space travel technology,which is still in the future for us, and breathing our atmosphere would probably be fatal to them .
Comment icon #26 Posted by Hybodus 8 years ago
NASA created allegedly for the sole purpose of finding life, yet hide any shred of evidence that they find thus defeating the purpose...
Comment icon #27 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 8 years ago
NASA created allegedly for the sole purpose of finding life, yet hide any shred of evidence that they find thus defeating the purpose... No.


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