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Curious NASA Pre-Announcement

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the phone-gnome dept.

NASA 286

CrtxReavr was one of a small avalanche of readers to let us know about a press conference NASA scheduled for Thursday at 2pm to discuss an "astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life." I've heard rumors ranging from "proof of life on Titan" to "first contact," depending on how optimistic/crazy you are.

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286 comments

Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (5, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392662)

Methinks you might want to expand your range at the bottom a bit. I suspect it will be something along the lines of "We've discovered evidence that some precursor to life may have been present on this extraterrestrial body--or may not, depending heavily on your interpretation of some very ambiguous data."

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (4, Funny)

geegel (1587009) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392682)

You just had to ruin it, didn't you?

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (3, Funny)

durrr (1316311) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392814)

It's the classic, "amino acid X found in space", that comet they swooshed by recently would be a good target for announcing "amino acid y found on comet".

Then again it's too classic, so it definitely have to be MASS RELAY FOUND IN PLUTONIAN ORBIT!

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (4, Funny)

F34nor (321515) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392940)

I am hoping for a GCU so I can get my god damn drug glands.

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (3, Funny)

durrr (1316311) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393232)

I am hoping for a GCU so I can have sex with a spaceship.

Mass relay? (1)

Lilith's Heart-shape (1224784) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393060)

Wouldn't they have to find Prothean artifacts on Mars first? I'm hoping for a black monolith, myself.

Re:Mass relay? (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393164)

There is no black monolith on Mars. There is a small one on the moon and a larger one in orbit of Jupiter, or on one of the moons of Saturn, depending on if you subscribe to the books or the movies. Arthur C. Clarke is my hero.

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (1)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393514)

They found an old campsite with crushed Bud cans and used condoms on Titan.

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392736)

That's far too wordy.

NASA could take a tip from Apple's Marketting department.

Nasa? Seriously? Just get any one of your guys to go any old bar. Leave a moon-rock sample or whatever it is you've found on a table there, someone will find it and post about it on their blog and it'll drive people into hysteria.

None of this "Scheduling announcements" - just deny absolutely everything about what you might actually want to announce and let the geeks build it up.

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392884)

In NASA's defense, they always have some great animation to go along with their press conferences. It's the only deliverable they consistently produce.

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (1)

Xserv (909355) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392998)

They are pretty damn amazing, aren't they?

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (4, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392752)

Way to blow your shot at FR1ST CN0TACT post. Nice going.

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (5, Informative)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392774)

It probably has to do with the recent discovery of oxygen on Saturn's moon Rhea. [discovermagazine.com]

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (4, Funny)

UID30 (176734) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393426)

Meh. CommanderTaco made first contact with Uranus years ago. BAZINGA!

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393472)

Agreed. Our precision for extra-solar discoveries just isn't there yet. It's coming along nicely, but any 'extra-terrestrial' announcements are gonna be within our own solar system.

Still, the discovery of, or plausible biological solution for an otherwise physically impossible scenario still warrants announcement if it has been properly vetted. Astronomy, or Astro-biology in this case, is still a field that produces new and possibly life-changing news.

The possibilities are vast, yet the details of conversation here will be fairly specific with the announcement. Funny how that works, in Astronomy.

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393502)

It better not be this, seriously.
If they need to hold a damn conference to announce that, "HOLY SHIT, an element of the periodic table is on ANOTHER planet, holy crap that is mindblowing! SUDDENLY LIFE", i might actually break something.
This was already posted about, that is enough, we don't need a damn conference to announce oxygen on another planet, it is already on Mars and the Moon, it isn't exactly rare.

I best not watch this live, or at least have myself restrained for a week after it and ban any website from my computer with NASA in it, i'm quite fond of the things sitting near me, i'd rather not crush it while imagining the entirety of NASA contained in the object.

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (1, Insightful)

mibe (1778804) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392812)

NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.

For the "future of life" bit, could be something cool relating to our ability to live in space. After all, our current body of evidence suggests that we're the future of extraterrestrial life (speculation about Thursday notwithstanding).

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (1)

RsG (809189) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392838)

Which will, of course, be picked up be the media as "NASA finds extraterrestrials!" instead of the more accurate "NASA finds preliminary evidence of microbial life." And then stupid people will feel betrayed when it's explained to them that, no, this does not mean little grey men with probes.

Why people continue to fall for sensationalist reporting is beyond me, it's getting really really predictable. Or maybe I'm just getting old.

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392988)

"NASA finds extraterrestrials...Little Grey Men With Probes," Says Slashdot Poster RsG!

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (3, Funny)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393282)

...no, this does not mean little grey men with probes.

You mean, the TSA? (Sorry, I just couldn't resist the opportunity!)

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393400)

My guess is that it's more like "We are the extra terrestrials. Pay no attention to wikileaks."

Maybe they found Barry Soetoro's birth certificate (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393120)

Or maybe they have an announcement relating to their new mission of finding ways to help Muslims feel relevant in a world they haven't contributed to in a couple thousand years...

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (1, Informative)

durrr (1316311) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393364)

It might be news from the O/OREOS satellite launched a few days ago. according to wiki it's supposed to rehydrate/feed a bunch of extremophiles on board a "few days" after launch. Given the time for bacterial growth cycles they could quite likely have news already fromt his one, which would probably either be "bacteria revived in microgravity thrives perfectly well in!" or "bacteria revived in microgravity catch fire and die"

Re:Ranging from proof of life to first contact? (1)

nomorecwrd (1193329) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393528)

Or it might be a very lame announcement like: "we have discovered a new way to SEARCH for life using blahblahmetry, so we're going to start using this new techniques in our next probes"
This is very close to: "astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence...."

Or... is something amazing we're about find out within the recent Wikileak

Mmmmm. Seafood. (4, Funny)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392672)

If there is life swimming in a big ocean under the ice of Europa, the question becomes: how does it taste?

Re:Mmmmm. Seafood. (2, Funny)

Americano (920576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392804)

It tastes the same as anything else: like chicken.

Re:Mmmmm. Seafood. (4, Funny)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392874)

These days, even chicken doesn't taste like chicken.

Re:Mmmmm. Seafood. (3, Funny)

Americano (920576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392902)

Sure it does. You just have to adjust your expectations for what chicken tastes like.

Fresh frozen waterworld food. (2, Funny)

fyngyrz (762201) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393268)

I only deal with meta-chicken. Not a metaphor, but instead, meta-fried.

Once, there was a murder of crows who were harassing some horses in the paddock near my barn. I yelled at them, told them that corral-ation wasn't caws-ation, but apparently they thought I was simply winging it.

Also:

Linux is forking good
And Windows is forking not.

I'm speaking of course
Of a call in the source
Just one of them has got

If you need your code
To go down both roads
When choice becomes a Y

Then Linux is better
The one to get her
Forking day and night

Fork, fork, fork, fork
Fork, fork, fork, fork
Forkety-fork
Fork-fork-fork.

Re:Mmmmm. Seafood. (5, Funny)

spun (1352) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392828)

It tastes Europaean.

Re:Mmmmm. Seafood. (1)

Fibe-Piper (1879824) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393052)

If there is life swimming in a big ocean under the ice of Europa, the question becomes: how does it taste?

For some reason I have to read the above (and the subject line) with a Dr. Zoidberg voice!

Re:Mmmmm. Seafood. (1)

TheGreatGraySkwid (553871) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393670)

If there is life swimming in a big ocean under the ice of Europa, the question becomes: how does it taste?

Like Tasty Wheat, of course. You remember Tasty Wheat?

they found that the astrobiology budget was cut (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34392674)

they found that the astrobiology budget was cut

Re:they found that the astrobiology budget was cut (3, Funny)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392880)

This does meet all the criteria.

I for one (1, Funny)

slyrat (1143997) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392684)

Welcome our astrobiological overlords.

Re:I for one (1)

nzwasp (1826456) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392776)

Welcome our astrobiological overlords.

You mean astro-microbiological

Re:I for one (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392896)

I for one seriously hope the announcement somehow involves William Shatner.

Titan seems plausible (5, Informative)

bl8n8r (649187) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392696)

"NASA believes it has found vital clues that alien life does indeed exist on Titan, "
http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978743812

Re:Titan seems plausible (1)

ezwip (974076) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392924)

This prediction of their news release sounds entirely likely. It is boring and completely unexciting. I'd bet the farm on th.

Just idle speculation (5, Informative)

Snowblindeye (1085701) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393074)

It's funny how quick idle speculation turns into news. Apparently it all started with this blog post. [kottke.org]

He's now updated his post with a tweet from someone at Nasa that the press conference is not about proof of life:

The Mars Rock (1)

colmore (56499) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392698)

Last I heard, interpretation the Mars rock was "inconclusive."

Maybe they've figured something out.

How About We Scale It Back to Something Realistic? (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392704)

Or maybe they want to talk about a discovery confirming the suitability of possible targets [technologyreview.com] for life or colonization? I'm guessing it's something along those lines ... or perhaps they have a target that they think they can deploy bacteria to that will provide a better atmosphere for possible habitation in the distant future?

Think about it though. Would NASA announce contact or, you know, the president? I'm guessing that the politicians would be all over this claiming credit if it was something that big.

Did they find the ancient gene? (5, Funny)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392712)

Did they find the ancient gene?

Re:Did they find the ancient gene? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393170)

Please leave KISS out of this.

It's smoke and mirrors (3, Funny)

drumcat (1659893) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392716)

They want you talking about aliens instead of TSA Gate Rape and Wikileaks. Simple as that.

Re:It's smoke and mirrors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34392808)

That's one helluva stretch, even for you.

Re:It's smoke and mirrors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393168)

It isn't +Interesting either.

Re:It's smoke and mirrors (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393298)

Stretch? Wait, just how invasive has the Freedom Patdown gotten anyway?

Re:It's smoke and mirrors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34392950)

Damn it I was going to say that! Probably a siting of a North Korean,Prince Andrew liking French alien to be precise

ya? (2, Interesting)

nege (263655) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392718)

I am totally jaded. When I see something like this I read it as "NASA calls press conference to remind government and people they are still here and need money, because what they do is really, really cool". Of course, I agree too, but I would be surprised if there was really any kind of life found. Prove me wrong NASA! I, for one, would welcome our new alien-insect overlords!

Re:ya? (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392856)

The astrobiological finding is probably that their budget has been cut, once again, and the impact it has on the search for evidence of ET Life is that they won't anymore.

Re:ya? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34392928)

I, for one, would welcome our new alien-insect overlords!

Our new alien-cephalopod overlords will be displeased by your racially insensitive remarks.

Re:ya? (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393230)

Tell lord Cthulu that current seven out of ten astrologers agree that it is not yet time for him to reawaken, and to take some damn sominex if he cant go back to sleep.

Uranus (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393358)

I'd personally like to see more research into the large, mysterious and likely uninhabitable world of Uranus.

Re:ya? (2, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393362)

NASA Administrator: We're putting a man on Mars!
Reporter: When?
NASA Administrator: 2055!
Reporter: Long after your administration is gone and no longer around to be held accountable for any long-forgotten promises?
NASA Administrator Yep!
Reporter: What if 2055 comes along and we're no closer then to Mars than now?
NASA Administrator: Well, you'll have to ask the NASA administrator about it then.
Reporter: What if you're still alive and we ask you?
NASA Administrator: I'll blame him.
Reporter: Do you have anything to offer besides vague promises today?
NASA Administrator: I have this cool animation.
Reporter: Ooh, pretty.
NASA Administrator: In conclusion, keep giving us money.

Amazing news (4, Funny)

Quato (132194) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392720)

One of the NASA guys got laid!

Re:Amazing news (3, Funny)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393036)

NASA astronomer finds extramarital life

Re:Amazing news (2, Interesting)

LoudMusic (199347) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393048)

That is a film I don't want to see at 11.

What's up, doc? (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392744)

Maybe Bugs Bunny found Marvin?

First contact? (1)

Lead Butthead (321013) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393586)

The aliens wouldn't happened to be named either G'Gugvuntt or Vl'hurgs, would they?

Oh, I know (3, Funny)

bhcompy (1877290) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392758)

They found Jita, but their probe got ganked trying to dock with the docking station. $300m in PLEX were lost

First contact probably went like this... (1)

arikol (728226) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392760)

First contact probably went like this:
NASA: "hello, you extremophile procariot. Take us to your leader"
""
NASA: "hmm, he's being uncooperative. TASE him!"
""
NASA: BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Re:First contact probably went like this... (1)

ricosalomar (630386) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393698)

Prokaryote?

Taking a page from Apple? (1)

khendron (225184) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392764)

It is probably all marketing fluff. NASA is taking a page from Apple.

Probably Beatles music has been beamed in the direction of Alpha Centuri.

Re:Taking a page from Apple? (2, Funny)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392994)

Oh yeah, because that's one sure fire way of getting along with the stellar neighbours. Send them some "free" music today then, in a few weeks time, the RIAA sends in the lawyers and all their base belong to us...

Um, 3 - profit???

Re:Taking a page from Apple? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393592)

That actually sounds pretty good, and it doesn't even have to be done with our stellar neighbors, just send some pirated music to the sun and let the RIAA send their lawyers there.

Re:Taking a page from Apple? (2, Funny)

zenjah (989288) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393184)

Perhaps the Beatles will finally be available on the International Space Station?

Re:Taking a page from Apple? (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393274)

It is probably all marketing fluff. NASA is taking a page from Apple.

No, no, I'm sure it's the First Contact thing - that's the only reasonable assumption.

another universe? (1)

nege (263655) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392788)

Maybe we found another universe....

"I have reached the Gateway to another Universe. I feel awed and strangely humbled by the momentous solemnity of this occasion..."

"HEY OTHER UNIVERSE! BITE MY SHINY METAL ASS!"

Obsidian Monoltiths? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34392920)

NASA found, according to Wikileaks, large obsidian rectangular monoliths.

My guess (2, Interesting)

thesandtiger (819476) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392926)

Spectroscopy showing a celestial body (or bodies) is in a state of chemical disequilibrium considered to be suggestive of life.

Re:My guess (1)

scrib (1277042) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393376)

That's just what I was going to say!

More or less... I read "astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life" as exactly that with the implied addition of "we found a promising target for a future mission! So we'll be needing to keep our jobs and get some more funding, tenkyuvedymuch."

Frungy Frungy Frungy (4, Funny)

Caerdwyn (829058) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392936)

They found Fwiffo on Pluto.

Re:Frungy Frungy Frungy (1)

vux984 (928602) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393056)

Kowalski, Fritz, Chin, O'Donnell, Luigi, and all three of the Liebermann Triplets will be missed.

Not until thursday? (2, Funny)

makubesu (1910402) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392960)

Somebody wikileak this thing!

I know what it is all about! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34392992)

One of the astrobiology guys just saved a bunch of money on his car insurance.

Funding (1)

El Nigromante (1059332) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393006)

I've heard rumors about NASA searching for funding and keeping the interest of the audience.

Anyway, I think Hollywood has suspiciously prepared us well in the last decade for any kind of ALF finding.

What could it be? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393026)

What exciting breaking news! I'm not going to sleep or eat until I hear what this is all about on Thursday at 2pm. Thanks /. !

The Loc-Nar! (1)

luis_a_espinal (1810296) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393076)

They have found it!

Re:The Loc-Nar! (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393534)

Well I suppose I could deal with the imminent apocalypse if it included getting down with Taarna.

Please please please (4, Funny)

Lilith's Heart-shape (1224784) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393082)

Please let it be a black monolith on the moon. We're only nine years late.

It's life Jim (1)

bobby1234 (860820) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393124)

Some of the key people are involved in the following programme

http://astrobiology.asu.edu/Astrobiology/Home/Home.html [asu.edu]

This is could be interesting!

Re:It's life Jim (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393404)

Considering the joint publications of some of the scientists involved in the press conference, it could be related to a "shadow biosphere" - some previously unrecognized form of microbe or microbial metabolism on Earth that we thus far haven't been able to detect, sufficiently different to be considered alien to life as we know it. For example, one of them has been looking for life where phosphorus (a major element in cells) might be replaced by chemically-similar arsenic.

More earth-shattering than that (1)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393130)

"We called you all here today so that we may announce that we can actually make budget next year AND do something with it! WOOOOOOO!"

(stunned gasps from audience)

WikiLeaks Preventative Announcement? (1)

Fibe-Piper (1879824) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393138)

given all the press and notoriety WikiLeaks is garnering of late - you have to imagine that there is more up their sleeves than boring old diplomatic dispatches to be handed out to the press!

Even if they are in talks with someone who has knowledge of conspiracies to cover up UFOs, Contact, etc... they would have the media in an immediate and unstoppable frenzy

Deception Point (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393220)

If you don't mind bad science but a decent story, check out Deception Point by Dan Brown.

tldr; NASA fakes ET for more funding.

Re:Deception Point (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393428)

You forgot "bad writing", but at least it's better than "Decision Point" by that other guy.

Maybe Titan...Maybe Earth's Shadow Biosphere. (4, Interesting)

tetrahedrassface (675645) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393244)

Some word out on the web, including NASA funded astrobiology teams (there are fourteen), seem to indicate the possibility of them finding something strange here on Mother Earth, probably something in or around Mono Lake according to some people and its arsenic based life forms [astrobio.net] . Since the major announcement last June by NASA concerning 'Titan and the Case of the Missing Hydrogen' [redorbit.com] . In fact one of the ladies on the panel this Thursday is in fact the researcher who is studying possible arsenic based life forms in Mono Lake. I'd say that she found something. One thing for certain, with the embargo we won't know for sure until Thursday. :)

Plant life (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393286)

Looking at the old moon landing photos, they've noticed plant life growing on the moon. You'll notice it just under the sigh that lights up and says "Quiet, set in use".

obama called (1)

chronoss2010 (1825454) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393300)

we need a distraction ..... OH yea we got that fake moon stuff we could use to do same fo rlife elsewhere ....will that do... YUP go for it.

Fantastic News! (1)

ATestR (1060586) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393304)

"proof of life on Titan" to "first contact,"

How about the fanatically optimistic view: "First contact by civilization on Titan."

Sigh... (1)

Anomalyx (1731404) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393326)

Here we go... Mars Rock all over again... NASA must want more grant money
(very publicly/loudly) "Proof of extraterrestrial life!"
(very privately/quietly and AFTER grant money comes through) "Whoops, sorry, it was actually a normal crystal formation"

Water Found on Third Planet from Sol! (1)

Chelloveck (14643) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393336)

My bet is that they're just going to tell us that the news Earth's Water Didn't Come From Outer Space [slashdot.org] will "impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life" in some minor way.

Truly Exciting (1, Interesting)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393350)

I realize I just read a completely sensationalist summary on slashdot, but I must say reading 'proof of life on titan' to 'first contact' sent that feeling through my body of true excitement and anticipation in a way that I haven't felt in a long time. You know, that spine tingling feeling (not in a bad way).

I'm sure it will be a complete let down now, but finding life somewhere outside of our planet would really be one of those Earth shaking events I think, even if its just fossils from things long dead.

Its nothing dangerous or NASA wouldn't be telling us about it, and its certainly not first contact as the governments wouldn't let them tell us about it, but ... OMFG I don't think I want to wait till Thursday

Happy Hanukkah! (1, Troll)

felddy (202203) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393390)

"Opportunity had only enough engineering to last 90 days, yet it miraculously has lasted over twenty times that amount!! Happy Hanukkah! Oh yeah, and it found life. Gimel!" --NASA

"P.S. Send gelt."

Alien Segways (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393454)

NASA is going to announce the availability of ultra-expensive moon-buggies.

Rhea, Saturn's moon, no doubt (1)

Yoik (955095) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393488)

The recent discovery of oxygen and CO2 on Rhea, makes it very likely that NASA will announce that there is evidence of life there. The evidence is announced; the interpretation is something they want to be careful with.

No first contact.... (1)

mseeger (40923) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393680)

.... instead the NASA managed a "first post" on slashdot story. Sources are cited that chances for that are slightly lower than finding intelligent life on Mars or GOP convention.

Facebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393762)

The extra terrestrials have been among us for years. They have also been on Facebook for just as long.

NASA finally is coming around to making a public announcement about it. They want everyone to just be friends...

- jrk

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