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Old 01-17-2010, 12:17 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO.
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If they find life on the moon how would we get to know them there are so far away.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:18 AM
 
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The moon isn't that far away. You can go out in your back yard and see it quite clearly. That's how close it is!
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Study some Astronomy: the moon is only 240,000 miles away, which is less than miniscule in astronomical terms. The Sun is about 400 times farther away at 93 million miles, and it's by far the closest star to us. There are billions of stars in our Milky Way galaxy alone, and then ya gotta start thinking about the billions of other galaxies out there. We made it to the moon 40 years ago in only a few days. Why do you think of that as "so far away?"
Also, make no mistake: the "life" that scientists speculate about perhaps finding on the moon is only going to be that of a microbial nature, probably locked inside some frozen water. We're not talking aobut any sort of ET life that is going to want to conact us. If that sort of life sexists in the Universe, it is almost assuredly located outside of our own little tiny solar system. Then maybe we can start alking about "far away."

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Old 01-18-2010, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Sol System
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Study some Astronomy: the moon is only 240,000 miles away, which is less than miniscule in astronomical terms. The Sun is about 400 times farther away at 93 million miles, and it's by far the closest star to us. There are billions of stars in our Milky Way galaxy alone, and then ya gotta start thinking about the billions of other galaxies out there. We made it to the moon 40 years ago in only a few days. Why do you think of that as "so far away?"
Also, make no mistake: the "life" that scientists speculate about perhaps finding on the moon is only going to be that of a microbial nature, probably locked inside some frozen water. We're not talking aobut any sort of ET life that is going to want to conact us. If that sort of life sexists in the Universe, it is almost assuredly located outside of our own little tiny solar system. Then maybe we can start alking about "far away."

You know how it is...any mention of anything beyond Earth's atmosphere is not considered by the masses to be 'sexy'. In fact , I'd be willing to bet if an NEO , GRP , or other external threat were going to affect us , most would bury their heads in the sand and watch 'Idol'. Or better yet , turn up the complacency to a factor of 1000.
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Old 01-19-2010, 01:11 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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There is a slight possibility we may find prions or viral life...or fossilized bacterial forms or amino acids...but me thinks we won't be chatting anytime soon.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Fairfax
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What kind of life do you expect to find on the moon to "get to know"? The moon has been subjected to cosmic bombardment for billions of years, and due to neither having any atmosphere nor a molten core to generate a magnetic field, endures hard radiation as well. If life ever existed there it would be as Pittston2Sarasota said: single celled (or less) organisms.


But if you do meet a nice moon man, you can have close to instantaneous communication as it takes light less than 3 seconds to get there one way. And you can always email/IM or even facebook chat when we extend the internet that far

If the OP isn't a joke, I'm glad you want to learn about space.
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Everyone knows Gidney and Cloyd the moon men

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Old 01-25-2010, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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You know how it is...any mention of anything beyond Earth's atmosphere is not considered by the masses to be 'sexy'. In fact , I'd be willing to bet if an NEO , GRP , or other external threat were going to affect us , most would bury their heads in the sand and watch 'Idol'. Or better yet , turn up the complacency to a factor of 1000.
And what would you have people do if a Near Earth Object was detected? Hire an oil drilling team to fly up there and detonate a nuke inside of it and hope it splits in two? If an asteroid big enough to destroy us is detected there is not much we can do other than hope there is an afterlife.

In reality, in that situation you would hope people would bury their head in the sand. An extinction level event would trigger mass chaos.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Sol System
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And what would you have people do if a Near Earth Object was detected? Hire an oil drilling team to fly up there and detonate a nuke inside of it and hope it splits in two? If an asteroid big enough to destroy us is detected there is not much we can do other than hope there is an afterlife.

In reality, in that situation you would hope people would bury their head in the sand. An extinction level event would trigger mass chaos.
In reality , I'd have to be in that situation to initiate a certain reaction.
If one were to occur , honestly , I'd spend time with relatives and find a way to survive. One thing I can be certain of is I'd really put massive distances between my cohorts and anyone else who exhibits irrationality precursors. Basically , seek solitude in what would possibly be my last days. Regarding chaos , it's sad but true. Wondering why , in lieu of impending doom , we would resolve to an adage of 'stupidity in , stupidity out'. Rather unflattering to the cause of anthropological studies of 'human nature'.
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Moving through this etheria
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All the more reason to experiment and learn and then establish, ASAP, a self-sustaining colony on the moon, from which we can witness and video-record any future catastrophic Earth-maiming event. The moon has water, enough for us to convert it into fuel, water, oxygen, CO2, etc., and just possibly establish a lifeboat colony in the event we have no choice.

The available and recoverable minerals from the moon or Mars or ??? would allow us to then create a departing colony ship that would perhaps preserve our culture, along with some DNA samples to re-create some of the nicer life forms on another planet in another system. Even if such a project took a hundred years.

Again, it's better than just giving up.
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