harsens_rob (harsens_rob) wrote,

NASA Love 2: ET Life?


I'm always very interested in what we're still discovering from our recent missions and the Cassini wonders are still bringing valuable and amazing mysteries to our scientists to unravel.

But I am getting a bit tired of hearing about how life may exist elsewhere in our solar system... it's getting our hopes up when - at least for the moment - there isn't any way to determine the veracity of those hopes. It would be AMAZING to definitively discover even microscopic plant or animal life on another world so (relatively) close to our own. But constantly talking about how possible it is, only to then have it turn out that "no wait, there isn't anything there" would just be such a letdown.

Stop holding out that carrot, please.

Especially since my bitter, cynical heart thinks it may be a desperate attempt to influence public opinion to force Congress to give up more money, rather than a very real possibility of discovering anything. Which is pointless, as Congress has more than proven that they're much to obstinate right now to be moved by something like "the public"... at least those who aren't holding the mega-campaign-contributions in reserve waiting on hearing what they want to hear from the spineless leaches.

[I did mention my heart is cynical and bitter, right?]

Tags: nasa, space exploration

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