NASA LOOKS TO PAD ITS BUDGET
... it’s that time of year again when there’s life on other planets
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Around this time each year, budget submissions are presented with a dollop of induced public excitement... and NASA knows just how gullible the public is when it comes to life (as we know it) on other planets. You can put “life on other planets” in the same out-tray as the “Y2k bug”, the “ozone layer”, the “Crown of Thorns starfish” and “global warming”.
There are areas in outer space they call the Goldilocks Zones, where everything is “just right” for life as we know it... and here’s why it’s all bullshit:
As orbiting telescopes improve, we look further and further into outer space, but what we are looking at with higher definition is further and further away and no longer there. So, if we were able to get there (which we’re not) we would likely see a wisp of spent gas.
But there are other reasons why “life as we know it” will never be found.
Our world is around six billion years old and we arrived on it only a moment ago... it’s like circling the earth with a piece of cotton 20 times and cutting off the last few centimetres which represents our time here. But all of earth’s creatures eventually become extinct, some are more stubborn than others like the shark, crocodile and elephant species.
Mystic Mountain as seen by the Hubble telescope
So there is a miniscule sliver of time in which we could possibly meet another similar life form. The chances of that happening is akin to picking the right Lotto numbers 100 consecutive times. We can’t possibly get there anyway, and even if we could we couldn’t return to Earth before we died of old age.
It would take 40 years' travelling at the speed of light to reach the nearest Goldilocks Zone which won’t be there when we get there. A 25 yo astronaut would need to live for 105 years, 80 of which would be spent travelling in a capsule and that doesn’t include any time spent in the zone.
The Bible says the Earth is around 6,000 years old.That makes for a lot of very young dinosaurs that have been hiding God only knows where. It’s a nonsense of course as there is proof of the Earth being at least 4.5 billion years old. Modern man evolved around 100,000 years ago.
So Christians should not believe in other life forms unless they agree on duplicates of the Trinity.
The chances of reaching an Earth-like planet while man is still inhabiting it are very slim as is witnessed by the nothingness of all the other planets we can actually see, like Mars (above) where water once flowed.
How long do we humans have left on Earth? It can’t be more than 100 years before some nutter somewhere presses a red button that unleashes a renewable resource called nuclear fission.
Our stay here is a tenuous one, as it is for all species. Ninety nine per cent of all species that ever lived on Earth are now extinct. Any other Earth-like planet with the same resources, would have equally tenuous tenants and trying to find that infinitesimal window of time within which man is alive in the Goldilocks Zone is an impossibility.
The next thing to consider is the speed of light. According to physicists there is nothing faster (not true, but that’s another argument) except for dodgy time machines. Hmmm, okay, time machines, eh? I mean time machines would be great if they were possible. You would know who you shouldn’t marry and you could stay in bed when you are due to have a car accident.
Getting back to Earth knowing the next dozen or so Melbourne Cup winners sounds great? Well, not really, because living in the past or the future would create immeasurable problems for everyone. In fact it would likely shorten man’s (ooh, I forgot, and woman’s) existence.
Any person who could reliably predict what idiot would reach for that red button first would end up in Gitmo on a water-board to get the exact time and place. When that was accomplished, back to the water-board for next year’s stock exchange results and to see if Collingwood won the premiership before the year 5017.
No, it’s impossible, but NASA comes out with this rubbish each year as does the Great Barrier Reef galahs who falsely claim it is dying and needs more money thrown at it.
[Off topic, but universities should be made to allocate courses where people are most needed and not where they prefer to go. There is currently a surfeit of lucky “Marine Biologists” now on permanent holiday, floating among the corals trying to invent something wrong, that is actually not wrong, but will require more public funds.]
Sorry, I digressed there. But hoodwinking the public and governments alike is better than employing expensive lobbyists to get the same result. Getting people excited over life on another planet and a 50% RET by 2030 seems to be working.
Unfortunately we will get the bill later.