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    NASA: We'll find alien life in 10 to 20 years

    Are we alone in the universe?

    Top NASA scientists say the answer is almost certainly “no.”

    "I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years," Ellen Stofan, chief scientist for NASA, said at a public panel Tuesday in Washington.

    "We know where to look, we know how to look, and in most cases we have the technology," she said.

    Jeffery Newmark, interim director of heliophysics at the agency put it this way: "It's definitely not an if, it's a when."

    Mars once had an entire ocean -- and then lost it, scientists say

    However, if visions of alien invasions are dancing in your head, you can let those go.

    "We are not talking about little green men," Stofan said. "We are talking about little microbes."

    Over the course of an hourlong presentation, NASA leaders described a flurry of recent discoveries that suggest we are closer than ever to figuring out where we might find life in the solar system and beyond.

    For example, Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA, cited a study that analyzed the atmosphere above Mars' polar ice caps and suggests that 50% of the planet's northern hemisphere once had oceans up to a mile deep, and that it had that water for a long period of time -- up to 1.2 billion years.

    "We think that long period of time is necessary for life to get more complex," Stofan said.

    She added that getting human field geologists and astrobiologists on Mars would greatly improve the chances of finding fossils of past life on our nearest planetary neighbor.

    Green also described another recent study that used measurements of aurora on Jupiter's moon Ganymede to prove it has a large liquid ocean beneath its icy crust.

    The findings suggest that previous ideas about where to find "habitable zones" may have been too limited. (A body considered to in a habitable zone is not too hot or too cold for liquid water to exist on its surface.)

    "We now recognize that habitable zones are not just around stars, they can be around giant planets too," Green said. "We are finding out the solar system is really a soggy place."

    He also talked NASA's plans for a mission to Europa, another moon of Jupiter with an icy ocean.

    "I don’t know what we are going to find there," he said.

    Newmark described how NASA is learning more about the role of Earth's magnetic field in protecting our planet's water and atmosphere from being blown away by the solar wind, thereby playing a role in the ability for life to develop.

    "Mars does not have a significant magnetic field, so it lets the wind strip away the water and atmosphere," he said.

    Paul Hertz, director of astrophysics at NASA, talked about how future telescopes already in the works will help scientists scan the atmospheres of large rocky planets around distant stars for chemical markers of life.

    "We are not just studying water and habitability in our solar system, but also looking for it in planets around other stars," he said.

    NASA associate administrator John Grunsfeld, said part of what excites him most about the search for life beyond our planet is to see what that life looks like.

    "Once we get beyond Mars, which formed from the same stuff as Earth, the likelihood that life is similar to what we find on this planet is very low," he said.

    Grunsfeld said he believes that life beyond Earth will be found by the next generation of scientists and space explorers, but Green said he hopes it is sooner than that.

    "The science community is making enormous progress," he said. "And I've told my team I'm planning to be the director of planetary science when we discover life in the solar system."


    http://www.latimes.com/science/scien...ypes=og.shares

     
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    Ahh the lessons not learned from Creepshow and Stephen King.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Dragons View Post


    Ahh the lessons not learned from Creepshow and Stephen King.


    I guess that was supposed to be some glib attempt at humor in the face of raw facts


    grow the fuck up bro

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyde View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by 4Dragons View Post


    Ahh the lessons not learned from Creepshow and Stephen King.


    I guess that was supposed to be some glib attempt at humor in the face of raw facts


    grow the fuck up bro

    That article really didn't say anything new. Nothing I hadn't heard 5 years ago anyway. I figured a callback to Creepshow would be a nice retro reference. Not everything is an attack on you.

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    wow, what an open invitation for alien abduction stories! thread content i've been wanting to see for years...please don't disappoint me PFAers (the Dodgers lost tonight, i need something to take my mind off the pain)




    so don't be shy Sonatine, Pooh, Hockey Guy, 4Dragons, HerbStemple, DJ Chaps, Krypt, WillieMcFail, theSparten or anyone else (even you SonOfSonny)...all stories welcome
    Last edited by GrenadaRoger; 04-08-2015 at 01:33 AM.
    (long before there was a PFA i had my Grenade & Crossbones avatar at DD)

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    What's your message for the aliens?





    1974 UFO crash incident in Coyame, Chihuahua, Mexico

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    Fucking hilarious. So basically he is saying that NASA will plan on revealing that there are aliens in 10 or 20 years. Thank you for giving us your timeline you fucked up group of people.

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    How stupid can we be. Every civilization in record has said e.t. exist,s.. never mind all the modern day proof. Are we really that dumb, ooops we did elect Obama twice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyde View Post
    I guess that was supposed to be some glib attempt at humor in the face of raw facts
    If you're looking for facts then NASA isn't the place to go to.

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    That's an interesting article, quote:

    Asa Greene, editor of the New York Transcript (one of the Sun's rivals), included one of the first published recollections of the hoax in a travel-guide to New York City he published in 1837. According to Greene:

    "The credulity was general. All New York rang with the wonderful discoveries of Sir John Herschell... There were, indeed, a few sceptics; but to venture to express a doubt of the genuineness of the great lunar discoveries, was considered almost as heinous a sin as to question the truth of revelation."
    People on the whole haven't changed much, the mass media remains gospel and anyone who questions what they peddle as truth is deemed as a social deviant.

    What are ya gonna do, gotta conform to the herd mentality.

     
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    i'm sure we'll be seeing a grassy knoll thread very soon. best lulz ever is when tyde said it was plausible that aliens could live in the earths core.

    i'll never forget that english dude that did the radio w/ tyde..he said something like "wut" ...that statement was better than all prose, form and content.
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    Well hopefully by the time they arrive you will have figured out how to mix a Rob Roy correctly! How about you worry less about aliens and worry more about delivering competent service to your clients. UNBELIEVABLE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mulva View Post
    i'm sure we'll be seeing a grassy knoll thread very soon. best lulz ever is when tyde said it was plausible that aliens could live in the earths core.

    i'll never forget that english dude that did the radio w/ tyde..he said something like "wut" ...that statement was better than all prose, form and content.
    The earth is hollow! Climate change of 6 degrees Celsius in either direction has been happening since Neanderthal. Oil.reserves replenish themselves, there not finite..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Taffer View Post
    Well hopefully by the time they arrive you will have figured out how to mix a Rob Roy correctly! How about you worry less about aliens and worry more about delivering competent service to your clients. UNBELIEVABLE.
    Nothing that 4 Revention POS systems can't remedy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Dragons View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Taffer View Post
    Well hopefully by the time they arrive you will have figured out how to mix a Rob Roy correctly! How about you worry less about aliens and worry more about delivering competent service to your clients. UNBELIEVABLE.
    Nothing that 4 Revention POS systems can't remedy.

    Finally some one who GETS IT around here. I have never in my life seen a worse managed thread, it is a HEALTH HAZARD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyde View Post
    Are we alone in the universe?

    Top NASA scientists say the answer is almost certainly “no.”

    "I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years," Ellen Stofan, chief scientist for NASA, said at a public panel Tuesday in Washington.

    "We know where to look, we know how to look, and in most cases we have the technology," she said.

    Jeffery Newmark, interim director of heliophysics at the agency put it this way: "It's definitely not an if, it's a when."

    Mars once had an entire ocean -- and then lost it, scientists say

    However, if visions of alien invasions are dancing in your head, you can let those go.

    "We are not talking about little green men," Stofan said. "We are talking about little microbes."

    Over the course of an hourlong presentation, NASA leaders described a flurry of recent discoveries that suggest we are closer than ever to figuring out where we might find life in the solar system and beyond.

    For example, Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA, cited a study that analyzed the atmosphere above Mars' polar ice caps and suggests that 50% of the planet's northern hemisphere once had oceans up to a mile deep, and that it had that water for a long period of time -- up to 1.2 billion years.

    "We think that long period of time is necessary for life to get more complex," Stofan said.

    She added that getting human field geologists and astrobiologists on Mars would greatly improve the chances of finding fossils of past life on our nearest planetary neighbor.

    Green also described another recent study that used measurements of aurora on Jupiter's moon Ganymede to prove it has a large liquid ocean beneath its icy crust.

    The findings suggest that previous ideas about where to find "habitable zones" may have been too limited. (A body considered to in a habitable zone is not too hot or too cold for liquid water to exist on its surface.)

    "We now recognize that habitable zones are not just around stars, they can be around giant planets too," Green said. "We are finding out the solar system is really a soggy place."

    He also talked NASA's plans for a mission to Europa, another moon of Jupiter with an icy ocean.

    "I don’t know what we are going to find there," he said.

    Newmark described how NASA is learning more about the role of Earth's magnetic field in protecting our planet's water and atmosphere from being blown away by the solar wind, thereby playing a role in the ability for life to develop.

    "Mars does not have a significant magnetic field, so it lets the wind strip away the water and atmosphere," he said.

    Paul Hertz, director of astrophysics at NASA, talked about how future telescopes already in the works will help scientists scan the atmospheres of large rocky planets around distant stars for chemical markers of life.

    "We are not just studying water and habitability in our solar system, but also looking for it in planets around other stars," he said.

    NASA associate administrator John Grunsfeld, said part of what excites him most about the search for life beyond our planet is to see what that life looks like.

    "Once we get beyond Mars, which formed from the same stuff as Earth, the likelihood that life is similar to what we find on this planet is very low," he said.

    Grunsfeld said he believes that life beyond Earth will be found by the next generation of scientists and space explorers, but Green said he hopes it is sooner than that.

    "The science community is making enormous progress," he said. "And I've told my team I'm planning to be the director of planetary science when we discover life in the solar system."


    http://www.latimes.com/science/scien...ypes=og.shares

    I've dated a little green microbe before......at first it was kinky in a, not on Youporn type of hotness. Next thing I know she/it had made friends with my underwear and started hanging around my clothes hamper longer than even a Molly Maid would. It evolved into a passive aggressive relationship and ended poorly as I bought a gallon of CLR and convinced her it was a new Snapple product.

     
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    Boy, if these are the "hard hitting thought provoking threads" that unclefucker is talking about....Wow, we are in for a real treat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordman View Post
    Boy, if these are the "hard hitting thought provoking threads" that unclefucker is talking about....Wow, we are in for a real treat!


    keep posting Gordo

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