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The Search For Exterrestrial Life

  • Library 21c, Room B6

    1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO (map)

    38.953251 -104.793091

  • Within the past two decades, we’ve discovered thousands of exoplanets (i.e., planets orbiting stars other than the Sun).  On November 4, 2013, astronomers reported, based on Kepler space mission data, that there could be as many as 40 billion Earth-sized planets orbiting in the habitable zones of Sun-like stars and red dwarf stars within the Milky Way galaxy (and the Milky Way galaxy is one of billions, if not trillions of galaxies).  In August of this year, a roughly Earth-sized planet that might be habitable was observed, by an earth based telescope, orbiting our nearest neighboring star.  All of this suggests at least the possibility of extraterrestrial life.  If such life exists, how do we confirm it?  What difference will it make if it is confirmed?  What difference will it make if it is “intelligent” life?

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  • Elone

    I hope we don't confirm ET until we humans have the moral compass and universal super ethics to think long and hard before we act on it. Homo sapiens are the most disease ridden species on planet Earth, and even when we think we are being aseptic, our 'experts' fail miserably. Imagine what smallpox, influenza and the other diseases we immunize against would do to a completely defenseless race.
    I believe the major force behind space exploration is replacing this resource depleted planet. Fortunately these planets are sufficiently far away that they cannot be reached in several generations of space travel with our current technology.

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