NASA Chief Scientist Says Humanity Isn't Prepared for the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life on Mars

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 - 2:47PM
Alien Life
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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 - 2:47PM
NASA Chief Scientist Says Humanity Isn't Prepared for the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life on Mars
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How would the discovery of life – never mind intelligent life – on Mars change humanity's view of itself, the universe, and life in general? Aside from the millions of people who would stupidly assert that it was a hoax, several billion more might undergo an existential crisis as they realize that they're not as unique as they believed. Religious figureheads would have to adapt to dogmatic shifts and many might abandon their faiths altogether. Still others – the naturally fearful – would anticipate a threat. Regardless of how progressive or intelligent humans believe themselves to be, history has proven that we are, on average, essentially a short-sighted, fragile species that still clings to absurd beliefs and can be counted on find a way to not only destroy itself, but its habitat.


In short, humans are in no way, shape, or form prepared for news of extraterrestrial life. 


At least one scientist agrees. In a recent interview with the Sunday Telegraph – which is locked firmly behind a paywall – Planetary Science Division director Dr. Jim Green expressed some serious concerns about humanity's ability to cope with the kind of ego-crushing agony that news of life on Mars might bring.


"It will be revolutionary," Green told the Telegraph. "It's like when Copernicus stated 'no we go around the Sun.' Completely revolutionary. It will start a whole new line of thinking. I don't think we're prepared for the results. We're not."


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Naturally, that portion of the quote was picked up and turned into a headline by the hysterical dullards and third-rate propagandists at FOX News.


Dr. Green noted that the soul-rending existential crises wouldn't be limited to the comfortably numb. Scientists would suddenly be faced with having to deal with the questions raised by finding new lifeforms outside of Earth. "What happens next is a whole new set of scientific questions. Is that life like us? How are we related?" he added. "Can life move from planet-to-planet or do we have a spark and just the right environment and that spark generates life – like us or do not like us – based on the chemical environment that it is in?"


What is certain is that life continues to crop up in some unexpected places... and Dr. Green is counting on that to hold true on the Red Planet once NASA begins exploring the Jezero Crater – which is believed to have once held surface water – in the MARS 2020 mission. 


"We go down in mines two miles deep into the Earth and if they were weeping with water they were full of life," Green said. "We have gone in nuclear cesspools, places where you'd think nothing could survive, and they are full of life. And the bottom line is where there is water there is life."


We shall see. 


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