Why would we believe that if there is life on other planets that it would evolve to something intelligent?

What is intelligent life? When we speak of “intelligent life” we need to define what that entails. For example, bacterial life is not intelligent. But what about a dog? Suppose we found a dog like creature on a planet. It can respond, be happy, be angry, even be loyal. A dog is certainly not a... Continue Reading →

If there are aliens somewhere out there, are they likely to be technologically ahead of us or behind us?

The closest aliens somewhere out there are likely to be way technologically behind us, not ahead of us, because they are likely to be bacteria. You see, when you say “aliens” you probably mean “intelligent aliens” but then that could include critters similar to whales, dogs or pigs, for if we found creatures of any... Continue Reading →

What must be done to claim a planet?

Why? You want to do it? The first thing is to go there, and probably outside our solar system because we’ve pretty much claimed everything here already. Next, plop down your own flag and hope someone more powerful than you doesn’t show up after you.

What’s the difference between an alien, a martian, and an extraterrestrial?

Aliens have a dual definition: the people Trump wants out of the USA and the people from outer space. Since people from outer space are called aliens, then it matters not whether they are from Mars or somewhere else. They are aliens. Therefore, "alien", "Martian" and "extraterrestrial" are synonymous, except not all aliens come from... Continue Reading →

What would happen to the earth if the sun disappeared?

If you mean the sun just went “poof” and vanished forever, that would mean Everyone Dies™. The whole solar system would just fall apart. The moon would still orbit Earth, but all the planets orbiting the sun, including Earth, would be flung into deep space and become rogue planets. Without light or heat from the sun,... Continue Reading →

How do satellites stay in space?

Let’s revisit Sir Isaac Newton’s cannon. In the above mentioned article we had placed a level on the cannon and shot the cannonball at 1440 feet per second parallel to the ground until it fell and bounced and rolled and came to a stop. We didn’t want to shoot it up in the air in a... Continue Reading →

Half a Percent of the Speed of Light

It would be really fast. Put your science fiction behind you. If we could use nuclear power to achieve a half of a percent of the speed of light it would be fantastic. We could reach the nearest star in 800 years! We could reach the Trappist-1 system in a mere 8000 years! Wake up... Continue Reading →

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