posted on May, 26 2003 @ 11:53 PM
If they are ever going to stage a 'first' contact, they might do it in space. The idea would be that the aliens would still be 'out there', and
the sense of danger would be less.
Now, educated people will realize that, if you can fly 40 light years from Zeta Reticuli to Earth, that flying an extra 1,000,000 miles is no
problem-- but educated people are not the ones who will start rioting.
The scenario would be like this: The first human ship to go to Mars would, on entering Martian orbit, see something strange on its radar. They'd
change orbit to intercept the thing. The approach, signalling, and boarding would all be broadcast on TV. At the end of the encounter, the humans
would invite the aliens to come to earth one day.
This way, people wouldn't feel that the aliens had just blown by our defences, but that they were here as guests. It would also say, to the minds of
many, "hey, we can fly to other planets, too! So don't be afraid." Of course, flying between stars is about a million times harder than flying
between two planets in the same system, but, again, the idea of this staged event will be to lessen the fear factor among the populace.
If they can't get a mars mission together within a few decades, they might just do it in orbit with a space shuttle, though thsi wouldn't be as