And its now a concern???-- Caution Nerd Alert.

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    Oct 26, 2010 1:18 AM GMT
    Look i have always wondered if the world's top leading scientist ever thought of protecting Earth. Now i know that they are somewhat concerned...However, they have failed to include protection from possible Alien life/ visitors as well. Is that too farfetch? If Asteroids can be a threat to the planet...why cant Alien visitors be of the same threat?? Anyways you guys read...but i warn the article was also shitty as the heading was "U.S should prepare for Asteroid" ..Not "The World should prepare for Asteroids"..selfish as usual.

    http://www.aolnews.com/weird-news/article/us-must-be-ready-for-asteroid-strike-top-science-adviser-john-holdren-says/19687765?ncid=webmail
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    Oct 26, 2010 4:10 AM GMT
    Yes, people do spend time thinking about possible threats to earth from alien life. And vice verse. It's required by the Outer Space Treaty, which is an agreement between 98 nations.

    It's actually sort of difficult to get scientists to take it seriously (I've tried) but enough of them do participate to debate and write protocols and policies. Any object that leaves the planet, or especially, returns to the planet, must conform to the protocols.

    In the U.S., there's a guy who's official title is "The Planetary Protection Officer," who has to sign off on every mission.

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    Oct 26, 2010 4:17 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidYes, people do spend time thinking about possible threats to earth from alien life. And vice verse. It's required by the Outer Space Treaty, which is an agreement between 98 nations.

    It's actually sort of difficult to get scientists to take it seriously (I've tried) but enough of them do participate to debate and write protocols and policies. Any object that leaves the planet, or especially, returns to the planet, must conform to the protocols.

    In the U.S., there's a guy who's official title is "The Planetary Protection Officer," who has to sign off on every mission.



    I can't tell if you're being serious or totally fucking around. icon_lol.gif

    Awesome post either way.
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    Oct 26, 2010 5:12 AM GMT


    Actually I think the world does try to prepare for visitors from outer space. In the U.S for example, I believe the Air Force trains pilots on how to engage a UFO ( human made or otherwise). Plus, I remember taking a NASA tour and recalling the tour guide saying something about a team of people that are put in charge of communications if we indeed made contact with said "aliens". I would assume other countries probably do so as well. So if all these expenses are being paid for on the hypothetical that "There is something out there".....then surely (hopefully) the governments of the world would also create a defensive tactic just in case the "Visitors" are hostile. Not sure how good the worlds defensive capabilities would be against an intergalactic warmongering technology IF blows were to be traded...but...who knows lol

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    Oct 26, 2010 5:14 AM GMT
    Totally serious.
    http://planetaryprotection.nasa.gov/about/


    I knew a former PPO, back when I was involved in that stuff. It was (repeatedly) suggested that anyone with that title should be required to come to work in purple tights and a cape. Not sure that it ever happened tho.
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    Oct 26, 2010 5:18 AM GMT
    well the reason we cant really take it seriously is simple... Because the only way an alien civilisation can get to the point of traveling to other planets is if it abolishes completely ideas of war and conquering others...

    Explanation:

    If they do have the immense technology to move from planet to planet.. they are already fartehr than we are technologically

    We with our technology can destroy our own planet several times over ....

    So if any civilisation gets to the point of having a violent gene in its body, to the point of wanting to "conquer" others... it will first most likely self-destruct because the civilisations on the planet will destroy eachother and their own planet first




    Plain and simple icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 26, 2010 5:26 AM GMT
    <--- Space Engineer

    One of my project back in school was working in a project of 30 to work on a theoretical project. NEO-DT: Near Earth Object Detection and Tracking

    We have various phases of the project including weapons. The prof came back with our proposal and said we weren't allowed to research weapons...that was after I suggested several possible, but costly, scenarios.
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    Oct 26, 2010 6:10 AM GMT
    Pssh. The aliens have been here all along...

    More seriously, an alien star-faring life form would probably be too different to have an analogous intelligence, to be interested in the same resources as us (that is, be a competitor), or otherwise have much to do with Earth.


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    Oct 26, 2010 6:25 AM GMT
    Who cares, just watch the movies - aliens only ever land in the USA icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 26, 2010 2:30 PM GMT
    i really like the debate..keep the comments coming...and by the way there was a mass city wide sighting two weeks ago here in nyc on October 13th..everyone saw the multiple lights in the sky..including myself..there were at least 100 of them which later turned into one single light...later in the night a report was released saying they were balloons....that same week there were another sighting in texas on the 16 of October.

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    Oct 26, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
    I have no doubt that extraterrestrial human-like life exists and visits us from time to time, but that's the least of my worries.
    NEO's are also no worry to me. If we're struck by a major asteroid or comet, we'll die. If we're not, we'll still die eventually.
    My biggest concern is our own people. We are our biggest threat.

    PS. From what I understand, we just dodged a big one (asteroid) earlier this year...don't feel like googling the link right now though.