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originally posted by: bottleslingguy
"But we are getting heavily into the next step, the reformation of what it means to be human, away from the physical aspect of differences in humans toward a more non-physical approach "= virtual reality
we put a lot of stock in believing "they" give a crap about us and our future. we better HOPE somebody out there feels some sort of responsibility or empathy for us. My feelings are that we are considered the redheaded step-child of the galaxy and are kept at arm's length because we scare "them".
a reply to: Aliensun
originally posted by: SLAYER69
a reply to: Blue Shift
I feel it's very possible given our current level of accelerated technical development. We are making huge strides and the pace does not seem to be slowing anytime soon.
I seriously think we are about to make several tremendous breakthroughs relatively soon.
I know, I'm being optimistic.
originally posted by: carewemust
I find it humorous that scientists and people in general feel that life has to live on some type of a body. Life can just float and swim through space the same way fish swim the ocean.
Adding insult to injury, the first spacecraft NASA landed on Mars some 40 years ago, dubbed Viking, met the highest cleanliness requirement, even if it never had the same golden opportunity to detect life.
"The missions we have sent since Viking have not been cleaned to the same level—Viking was essentially sterile," said Catharine Conley, who heads NASA's office of planetary protection, set up to prevent cross-contamination between Earth and the Solar System's other heavenly bodies.
AM: Were the Spirit and Opportunity rovers sterilized the way the Viking landers were?
CC: No. The rovers were cleaned to the standard of 300 spores per square meter. We did not expect them to go to special regions so they were not baked. The idea of special regions was still in flux at that point, but because the rovers were intended to go places where we were fairly confident that life would not survive on the surface, we didn’t require them to be sterile.