posted on Aug, 29 2012 @ 01:11 PM
reply to post by Arbitrageur
What's the big difference, meaning how would NASA's missions be different if they were looking for intelligent life, and more importantly,
why would they do so when it seems unlikely?
I think the big difference is in how they look and where. You bring up a good point with the
object on Mars' moon Phobos. If NASA were interested in looking for evidence of intelligent life past or present (astro-archeology) I would think
they would look very closely at places like Phobos and the Face on Mars. How many images do we have of the Cydonia region since the 1975 Viking
mission? I find myself still being curious about the Face, Perhaps a HiRez image of that location would put curiosities like mine to rest.
I understand that it seems silly to look for signs of intelligent life within our own solar system because it appears exremely unlikely but it is very
difficult to find something when you are not looking for it. To point out a comparison, it was not long ago that water was thought to be absent from
our solar system everywhere except Earth and the occasional comet. The irony is that water is found just about everywhere except on comets. The whole
"dirty snowball" thing just doesn't hold up to the evidence.
From your Link.
Through orbital and surface missions, explore Mars for potentially habitable environments, as evidenced by water or aqueous minerals. Study Martian
meteorites to guide future Mars exploration. Develop the methods and supporting technologies for the in situ characterization of aqueous minerals,
carbon chemistry and/or life.
I may be wrong but what I gather from this is that NASA is limiting its search for life to favorable enviromental conditions, chemistry and
microbiological. My point here is that not only is NASA not looking for intelligent life but even if they did happen to stubble upon it they would
ignore it as to not freak out the religious population, it might cause mass panic.
You and I, and most ATS members, might be ready for evidence of intelligent life outside of Earth but I don't think that can be said for the majority
of the people that live on this planet. indisputable evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence might be just what we need here on Earth.