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post #1 of 10 Old Dec 3rd, 2012, 5:10 am Thread Starter
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Down at NASA something stirs

Looks like NASA is going to make a major announcement this Monday, the web is abuzz with words like: "Earth shaking" and "historic."
Some mention the mars rover "Curiosity" other sources say the X-ray sat "Chandra!"
So come Monday at 17.00 UTC expect to have your world rocked.
According to space.com they are backpedaling a bit and saying that it will not be a historic announcement. (we will see)
However it has made me think a bit, for years we have feared evil aliens arriving on earth and stuffing us poor humans with rectal probes.
Imagine, curiosity scoops a shovel full of Mars muck and x-rays it and lasers it and melts it. What ever way you look at it any existing organisms in the sample die but we get the information, albeit at the cost of the life of said organism (do you see where this is going?) does that make us the evil aliens?
SciFi has long told us that advanced aliens would look at us like we are mindless meat bugs and treat us with the same lack of compassion that we are treating potential mars bugs.
Would that be an atrocity and do we have the right?

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post #2 of 10 Old Dec 3rd, 2012, 3:03 pm
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Re: Down at NASA something stirs

It looks like Voyager 1 is preparing to leave the solar system and enter into deep space. I'd consider that historic.

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Yup! Found organics on mars, however they may be not my favorite martian and the findings are still inconclusive.
But still, may find oil next.
The voyagers are infact in interstellar space, humans now have ships capable of interstellar travel, eat your heart out Spock.
The voyagers are a real achievement, however the real discovery of the voyagers is the pale blue dot.


Read this from Carl Sagan....
From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity in all this vastness there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.


Is there anything more humbling than those words to that picture..?
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Re: Down at NASA something stirs

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57556254-1/nasa-confirms-rumors-about-mars-discovery-incorrect/

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SciFi has long told us that advanced aliens would look at us like we are mindless meat bugs and treat us with the same lack of compassion that we are treating potential mars bugs.
Would that be an atrocity and do we have the right?
If you believe in the Mayan Calendar then this question will be answered on 12/21

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You DON'T matter...

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jwherrman/27...othing-matters

Sure am glad I'm a stoic. It just WORKS.


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That was a real "feel good" Ron.
I'll sleep better tonight knowing that I'm a "you" too!

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Re: Down at NASA something stirs

I'd be willing to bet that in another galaxy some guy is riding his LT wondering if there is any life out there and just enjoying the hell out of his ride

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