posted on Sep, 15 2006 @ 08:04 AM
You know, I still have high hopes for Titan. The stuff in the atmosphere is PERFECT for generating life forms! Really, if you could see Earth before
life arose, it would look a lot like Titan!
Perhaps, if Titan has some volcanoes or even magma vents or something, life could have arisen there. Perhaps just very simple life - nothing advanced
or evolved because of the freezing temperatures - but life nonetheless.
Also, I have high hopes for Europa. The planet has tons of water, and could easily also have the chemistry for some kind of life. The real question is
whether the planet has liquid water, or if it's frozen/slush. If it's the latter, chances for life are miniscule... but if it's the former. If the
sub-surface is kept liquid by inner-heat (which could also be generated by Jupiter's magnetic field like Io)... then WOW!
Once again, nothing advanced could come from that planet... they can't make fire. There could be intelligent creatures there, but nothing advanced.
Still - imagine having a probe melt through the ice, descend into a hidden ocean, turn on a headlight, and a fin or something snakes by!!!
Any kind of life outside our own planet would send my heart soaring, intelligent, advanced, or microscopic. It would show that it is POSSIBLE. We
already "know" it is - because we're here. But it would show that we're not a fluke, that what happens outside isn't just chancy, it's almost
inevitable. I can't imagine how much the social psychology would change once we realize we're not alone.
Right now we're just a single voice... singing to an empty hall. And everywhere we've looked so far, there are even more empty halls. Some have
looked inviting, ready for an audience, but none yet. And on the intercom we've been listening, hoping some one out there in this amphitheatre of the
universe will send us something to listen to.
I want to hear those other voices, their stories, their songs...