Two unrelated items have been on my mind recently. One will have made the news and probably a few of you will have seen headlines about it. The other may have escaped notice but it’s significant.
Firstly, scientists in Antarctica have recently gone through about 2600 feet of ice and discovered that there’s an ecosystem of microbes living, essentially off of nutrients from the rocks down there.
It remains fairly disputed on exactly how “isolated” these microbes are from the ocean, but the implications remain: life as we know it has been confirmed to survive on conditions of incredible icy coldness, no photosynthesis and only inorganic compounds to survive off of.
It’s been pointed out by many that these conditions match those found off Earth in parts of our solar system. Scientists have started to unify in the clamor to direct resources towards the dark oceans orbiting around the Sun.
Europa. Enceladus. Titan. Mars. These alien worlds lurk in the distance. enshadowed at times and at others they creep into the sunlit glare of our robotic eyes.
For shame if we don’t clamor with the them. The Copernican revolution signaled the dawn of an age so completely alien in its revolution that it would test the furthest skills of the linguist to explain television to the sixteenth century man.
Imagine giving someone back in those times the knowledge of retrospection? Had they the foresight to appear on this side of the Copernican Revolution, they’d be spoken of by historians and scientists alike today.
What side, if I pointed it out, would you opt for in the next revolution?
As a member of the Planetary Society’s New Millennium Committee, I receive their reports on the fight for NASA funding.
The official NASA budget proposal made by the House of Representatives this year showed an INCREASE in money… towards a robotic mission to find subsurface alien life on Europa.
The House isn’t the only group that made changes to the previous years funding to Europa. The Senate’s proposal, cuts 100% of the funding to a Europa mission.
Fortunately for us, the scientific community will find the senate to be particularly flexible in their opinions in the coming months. Their control of the senate and hold on Congress is at stake in November’s elections. The Planetary Society will hold every single senator accountable for cutting this mission.
We will not let their budget pass. We will go to Europa. We are the generation that will leave Earth and find extra terrestrial life and no politician will stand in our way.
It’s time humanity stopped dreaming of science fiction and woke up to find that our grandest imaginings were reality all along.
Do you even have a clue what the world will be like after we find alien life? If you do and it means something to you… if you never stopped dreaming and if there’s even the smallest atom of adventure left in you, sign this petition and give us the power of your voice.
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