Distant planet may hold water.

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  1. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/04/11/sciece-osiris.html
     
  2. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    Excellent.

    I believe the next 10 years will significantly alter how the world thinks about "life on other planets."
     
  3. HyperGeek_1984

    HyperGeek_1984 Herr Doktor

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    So I suppose now would be a good time to start prepairing for the invasion?
     
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    Why don't we invade a planet for a change?

    This is the perfect opportunity.
     
  5. Lance Halberd

    Lance Halberd oh hai

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    The big question is, whether life on those other planets evolved or not, or is evolution something intrinsic to Earth?
     
  6. Gigatron_2005

    Gigatron_2005 President of Calendars

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    So, when do we get to start traveling there? I wanna go damnit! This solar system is sooooooo 4.6 billion B.C.
     
  7. Phy

    Phy I want... ROOM SERVICE!!

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    You do not want to go to this particular planet. It is a gas giant, like Jupiter, but orbits its sun at 1/8th the distance that Mercury orbits our sun. If you would like a definition of "hell", this planet would suffice.
     
  8. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    They also pretty much directly observed the planet's atmosphere being boiled off.

    Still, first time they have found water outside the solar system.
     
  9. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    I would think evolution is intrinsic to life - find life, and you'll find evolution of said life to adapt to the conditions it's in.
     
  10. Doctor Ingenious

    Doctor Ingenious Doctorate in Ingeniology

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    How convenient we find a planet with water in the Pegasus galaxy named after an egyptian god a week or two prior to the stargate atlantis season premier. The planet was obviously placed there by the sci fi channel as a marketing gimmick.
     
  11. Greyryder

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    Oh crap, wait 'till Boston finds out....
     
  12. Lance Halberd

    Lance Halberd oh hai

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    Hey, if it's not in our city, we don't give a shit if it blows up or not.
     
  13. Jux

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    I love how everyone rips on Boston, like their own major city would've acted any differently.
     
  14. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    This particular planet was discovered in 1999, they are just now confirming the water.
     
  15. pscoop

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    You could be part of the marketing hoax. It's all been very well planned out. You were sent here to earn the trust of the board members. If someone with a low postcount had posted it it would have been too obvious.

    The jig is up "Dark_Convoy"
     
  16. Gigatron_2005

    Gigatron_2005 President of Calendars

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    I bring with me a list of major cities that did not do something stupid, freak out, or cause a wave of completely unnecessary panic:

    Los Angeles
    New York City
    Chicago
    Seattle
    Phillidelphia
    Portland
    and San Francisco

    Quotes from the police in such cities include statements such as "To us, they're so obviously not suspicious ... We don't consider them dangerous." and, "no one perceived them as a threat."
     
  17. Greyryder

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    I can only make so many jokes about Cincinnati. And, Boston is easier to spell.
     
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    If they have water they must have life.
     
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    Not nessessarily (to fucked to spell tonight), Though most likely life may have existed at one point.
     
  20. Aaron

    Aaron Master of Crystalocution Moderator Content Contributor

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    The interesting thing about looking for life is that we have such a limited amount of knowledge as to what life really is that we very well may have a hard time finding it in front of our noses.

    For example... The Viking Landers performed a series of biological tests designed to look for life on Mars. What they did was scoop up a bit of soil, and tested to see if Earthlike microbes were in them. 2 things were "wrong" with this experiment. First of all, if you take a clod of dirt from my yard (which exists on a planet I'm pretty sure has life) and were to subject it to a similar test, you'd only find faint signs of "life" even though the soil is likely filled with bacteria and whatnot. The problem is that the test was designed to only be suitable for around 1% of what's here on Earth. The other thing wrong with the experiment is that we have no friggin idea what the ideal situation is for Martian life, and with our greatly differing biospheres, odds are that something in our atmosphere is going to be detrimental to something from a completely different biosphere. So in trying to make something "grow" in one environment, we could have very well killed off what we were looking for.


    And then again this all assumes that life uses water...
     

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