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 Post subject: Life on other planets
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2003 2:19 am 
It's not just Europa. The search for life on other planets is becoming increasingly important to space mission planners. Besides the impact on mission goals, it also means they're paying more attention to possible microbial hitchhikers from Earth--you wouldn't want to pull a reverse War of the Worlds scenario and kill off any life you find with Earth diseases.

Also on this subject, Slate is running a weeklong journal of an astrobiologist. Must be something in the water.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2003 3:55 am 
Well, NASA need something to do. The most important discovery of the millenium seems worthwhile.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2003 12:44 pm 
gwalla wrote:
you wouldn't want to pull a reverse War of the Worlds scenario and kill off any life you find with Earth diseases.

I would. They're out to get us, I just know it.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2003 1:40 pm 
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gwalla wrote:
Besides the impact on mission goals, it also means they're paying more attention to possible microbial hitchhikers from Earth--you wouldn't want to pull a reverse War of the Worlds scenario and kill off any life you find with Earth diseases.

That ticks me off. C'mon, the earlier we introduce Earth organisms to Mars, the faster it'll be terraformed. Let's get a move on already! :)

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