Intelligent Life Exists.March 5, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
Tags: Astronomy, Earth, Extrasolar planet, Kepler, Kepler Mission, Milky Way, Planet, Solar System
We already know that our galaxy is teeming with planets – that was the first step in dethroning us from being the only abode of intelligent life
Photo: Artist‘s impression of the Kepler mission
For many people, there is a psychological need to be special, and so Kepler – which I bet will succeed in its quest – will take away from that. But for those of us believe that Earth is merely a typical example and that life-bearing planets are common, Kepler’s success will be a wonderful thing.
We already know that our galaxy is teeming with planets – that was the first step in dethroning us from being the only abode of intelligent life. Kepler takes us on the next step: determining if many of those planets are Earth-like. After that, we need to determine if such planets have life, and then if that life is intelligent. Still there are only two possible answers to the question of whether other Earth-like worlds exist – and whichever answer we get will be astonishing.
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