posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 01:53 AM
I was pretty excited about Kepler, so I'm hoping this is something very significant and important to mankind, like a planet with water, as in H20,
methane or other gasses, and a simlar atmosphere & enviroment to Earth or something very simlar. I doubt it will be the motherlode of 'life' though.
That'll come when we develop a probe powerful enough to pick up life it's self, and not just the right curcumstances for it.
If it is water, which I think it could very well be, then that would be a HUGE step toward the possibility that we are indeed not alone among the
stars. A slightly different atmosphere doesn't have to mean no life either, it would mean a totaly different evolution of the said life yes, but
I've also had a theory for many years that there is life, and then life. Life on Earth, as we know it, and then life that we would not recognise.
Perhaps a life that has evolved to breathe a totaly alien gas, feed from something totaly alien or even not require feeding life on Earth does. Just
because we set what we call the fundementals of life, this is only the formula for the life we know on our planet, there is no way to tell 100% if
these calculations apply on other worlds. I know on Earth there are certain creatures that dwell beneath the earth in caves without oxigen or light. I
watched a TV documentery on this once, and since then the thought came to me. We also know cockroaches could probably survive nuclear war.
Come on Kepler, bring back the playload. Another thing, I think it is more probable that NASA may feel some sort of duty to humanity to reveal it's
discoveries instead of keeping them secret. This might not happen straight away, as humanity would need to be prepared for something like the
discovery of intelligent life, but I think iof Kepler finds extersolar water, which is the most realistic expectation for now, then they would tell