When you look at innumerable galaxies in space, does it leave you feeling more or less lonely?
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Comment by Morgan Matthew on January 9, 2010 at 11:17pm

Comment by Reggie on January 13, 2010 at 6:59am
Nice graphic, Michel> And a good point. I don't think that we will find other civilizations, but my hope is that life is abundant enough that we will find microbial life within our Solar System. That is what I hope to see in my lifetime.
Comment by Reggie on January 13, 2010 at 1:09pm
All hail, indeed!

I'd be thrilled if we found them on two different worlds (other than Earth) within our solar system. That would be a game changer for a lot of people.
Comment by Dave G on January 13, 2010 at 1:51pm
Mars is a possibility, particularly with the methane output they've discovered decently. Might be geothermal, might be microbial. More data needed.

And then there are the outer moons. Titan has seas, rain, snow. Sure, it's methane and not water, but a hydrological (loosely speaking) cycle! And how about Europa? A tenuous oxygen atmosphere and the possibility of a vast under-ice ocean. (As does Callisto)
Comment by Reggie on January 13, 2010 at 10:56pm
So many promising targets! Finding it on Mars would be fantastic as it seems the most feasible for putting boots on the ground for better study. Of course, I probably won't see manned Mars missions in my lifetime.
Comment by Reggie on January 14, 2010 at 10:51am
I turned 33 yesterday, so maybe I shouldn't be so pessimistic about manned missions to other planets in my lifetime. However, some of the obstacles to interplanetary travel for humans seem very steep at the moment.
Comment by Dave G on January 14, 2010 at 11:01am
They do, Reggie, and one of the biggest obstacles is humanity itself. If ignorance continues to be pushed as a virtue, and science and intelligence denigrated as negative, we may reach the point where we are unable to perform any more interplanetary missions, manned or otherwise.
Comment by Reggie on January 14, 2010 at 11:25am
Amen, Dave.

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