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Old 05-03-2013, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by JKellyMap View Post

More likely still is that we will detect life forms on some exoplanet, and know soon after that they're not "intelligent" in any way. We'll be able to say something like, "90% probability it's pondscum, 10% probability it's more like a slime mold," and that's it. We'll never be able to get close enough to know more.

Or -- does removing the human body from your scenarios help things at all? That is, might we be able to send a vehicle to said exoplanet and have it return to earth with a stlll-living sample of said pondscum?
In other words, we might not be able to colonize other planets, but maybe we could help exoplanet life forms colonize us.

Not such a great idea after all. Oh, well.