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[Wired] Experts Push NASA to Focus on Search for Life

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The search for life in the solar system, whether in rocks from Mars or on a Jovian moon, tops the wish list of a panel of space scientists convened by the National Research Council. Mindful of shrinking budgets, the panel has issued hard-nosed recommendations that identify which planetary science missions NASA should fly in the decade beginning 2013. Even some top-rated missions should be either deferred or outright canceled if their estimated costs can’t be significantly cut, the panel says in a report released March 7.
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Good! Lets go find us some aliens to party with!
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IIRC, NASA's budget is, like, half a percent of the total yearly budget ~$17b. Compared to, for example, the Defense budget which is about 20% (~$700b).

Frankly, there's no excuse for NASA's lack of funding.

While I understand that searching for life would be relatively cheap, I think it's also a relatively fruitless endeavor. I would rather we properly explore our neighborhood than just turn NASA into SETI.
Edited by tehpwnerofn00bs - 3/8/11 at 1:20pm
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Good! Lets go find us some aliens to party with!

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If we spend all of our time worrying about the problems we all ready have, we may never be able to solve them.

We need to figure out how feed without draining earths recourses further. We also need to figure out how to populate and live on Mars so that humans can survive and repopulate in other solar systems in the long run.
Finding life in our neighboring solar systems could be the step that humanity has to face in order to become peaceful, unified, technological and prosperous.
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While I understand that searching for life would be relatively cheap, I think it's also a relatively fruitless endeavor. I would rather we properly explore our neighborhood than just turn NASA into SETI.
NASA is searching for extraterrestrial life. SETI searches for extraterrestrial intelligence. There is a profound difference.

It seems quite possible that we will find traces of the former in the very near future. No one can really even guess about the latter at this point.

The search for life is getting so much emphasis because it seems so likely, and finding it would be an extremely significant scientific discovery, as well as a turning point in human history. The implications for even the barest traces of life outside of earth are enormous.
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And Obama wants to end the space program. That ****in moron. We need to explore space. We need to explore the galaxies and the universe. Our species is very low on the overall intelligence scale and as this may be slightly off topic, I blame religion and government. We could be so far ahead of where we are now in intelligence. We are in the year 2011 and we've barely explored our closest planets and stars. We need to start understanding space and the planets and stars and how to harness mass power and energy from these things and use them to advance our species.
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I DEMAND SPACE COLONIES

It's the best way to attract alien life. True story mang
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on topic,
bacteria on mars is cool but it has more effect on people and beliefs here on earth.
(remember don't talk about religion)
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I think we need to focus on getting our arses off of this planet. As long as we're all on the same rock, Humanity's position in the universe is pretty fragile...
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