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Originally posted by guavas
Here's what I think will happen:
In about 20 years time, it will be announced that extra-terrestrial microbial life exists -- with incontrovertible evidence.
Then it'll turn into the same argument for another 50 years.
Instead of aliens not being able to exist, the argument will be that it's INTELLIGENT aliens that can't exist.
Why do these processes take so long?
Originally posted by slank
I want my own private 'new' Earth & plan to keep all the vast majority of reckless stupid people off it.
A big giant 'Keep Out' sign on its moon(s)
& a huge black hole with titanium teeth to chop down on anyone & anything that didn't get or follow the message.
In 500 or a thousand so years we may just be fighting over planets and resources in some other solar system with either us or aliens instead of amongst ourselves.
If a planet is far enough, it can constantly face the star and be pretty swell. No thick atmosphere needed.
And as to strong tidal forces, Life goes underground, or if the planet has enough mass, there is no problem.
Originally posted by Xeven
OK so we have enough evidence now to determine that there are probably other earth like planets out there that we can live on.
We should stop spending money for now to look out there and start using the money to create the technology that will alow us to travel out there.
Pretty much useless knowledge to know earths exist if we can never hope to go.