NASA successfully launches TESS satellite.

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NASA successfully launches TESS satellite.

Postby Event Horizon on April 19th, 2018, 2:17 am 

Early this morning, NASA's TESS satellite was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral using a SpaceX launch system, part of which was successfully recovered.

https://twitter.com/NASA_TESS

The satellite which is the size of a fridge is up there to look for signs of life by observing the transit of planets transiting their sun, which gives us a lot of useful information about its size, its proximity to its sun and temperature.

NASA explain the mission: https://t.co/VOvyTeufln

Another SETI style project, or at least an adjunct to it I think.

How much does it matter if we suspect we find life elsewhere, and should we start designing a vessel to go there bearing in mind we could biologically contaminate it? We still have no standard "First contact" Protocol a la Star Trek. Is it time to submit such a document to the UN?
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Re: NASA successfully launches TESS satellite.

Postby Dave_Oblad on April 19th, 2018, 3:03 pm 

Hello EH,

I'm pretty sure that most major countries have already drawn up plans for how to treat a first contact scenario.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potential_cultural_impact_of_extraterrestrial_contact

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/08/02/nasa-hiring-planetary-protection-officer-protect-earth-alien-harm/532221001/

Personally, I'm pretty sure the ET's are already deeply involved in relationships with various countries today. Granted, SPACE is pretty big, but IMHO, when we fully understand the Quantum, we will find work-arounds to the issues presented due to the Scale of the Universe.

Like to say more.. but have to head out right now.. later..

Regards,
Dave :^)
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