Dr. Jim Green, from U.S. space agency NASA; “ … believes that as two rovers from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) prepare to embark for Mars next summer, humanity could be overwhelmed by the implications of studies to come.” Green is quoted as saying:
“It will start a whole new line of thinking. I don’t think we’re prepared for the results.
I’ve been worried about that because I think we’re close to finding it and making some announcements.”
“What happens next is a whole new set of scientific questions.
Is that life like us? How are we related?
Can life move from planet-to-planet or do we have a spark and just the right environment and that spark generates life – like us or not like us – based on the chemical environment that it is in?”
“There is no reason to think that there isn’t civilization elsewhere, because we are finding exoplanets [planets lying beyond the solar system] all over the place.”
I’m ready – however I think it is likely some of the officials in NASA – CIA – Pentagon etc. will need a few hot toddies and be put to bed with some soothing dream-time stories – but I am sure the rest of humanity will cope fine.