posted on Apr, 28 2013 @ 09:47 AM
This is losely based on the plot of a sci-fi movie I saw a few years back.
Imagine the following freely conceived scenario:
The year is 2047.
Two decades ago, the GAIA space observatory detected an Earth-like planet orbiting a class G2-V star (like our sun) in the habitable zone. A spectral
analysis of the atmosphere surprisingly revealed various signatures of biological activity and scientists found substantial evidence for plants and
animal life on this new Earth.
A cosmic paradise was found and we called it "Adeena"!
Several Adeena Reconnaissance Orbiters
(incl. descent units) were developed and launched to retrieve in-situ data.
Expectations were high and yet the results were a revelation: Adeena is home to an intelligent species, a society of human-like beings that populate
most of the planet's habitable area. The orbiters mapped Adeena's surface and scientists identified numerous articifical structures on the ground as
well as faint lights at night caused by local fires and torches employed by Adeenians to illuminate their villages. Additional reconnaissance data
retrieved by landers & small aerial drones confirmed: the Adeenian society is a medieval society!
Further observations provided additional insights:
- the Adeenians developed various cultures
- they engage in battles to protect their territories
- a simple economic system exists (based on trade), rare metals are the major currency
- predominant rulers of Adeena strive to expand their power and exploit the population
- these rulers provide protection and occasional benefits in return (eg. games & events)
- civil rights have not been heard of and jurisdiction is largely intransparent
- Adeenian rulers just allow a small elite to join the club of the powerful
- science is 'taboo'
In this society, scientific discoveries and enlightenment
would seriously threaten the powerful grip the ruling class has on the people.
Accordingly, anyone engaging in this field is either executed or otherwise punished. Scientific research is thus restricted to a small group of
individuals in close proximity to the Adeenian overlords. Inspite of extensive reconnaissance operations directed from Earth, the Adeenians do not
know they are being 'observed'.
As a result of these discoveries, it has been decided to plan a manned mission to Adeena. The main objective will be to study the planet, it's history
and the development of the Adeenian society. A mission team has been put together to determine more detailed mission objectives and a set of
priorities on how to proceed once the crews enter orbit.
The team is currently debating one very special question: should we have contact, yes or no? If yes: how, when and why ... what are the
opportunities & risks?
Q: What would be your advice for the mission team?
P.S.: I hope the storyline is OK for you ... any thoughts are welcome, there's no need to reply with an 'essay' (though I wouldn't reject it)!
Image courtesy: NASA
edit on 28-4-2013 by jeep3r because: text