NASA scientist Chris McKay takes his work to the far reaches of planet Earth, studying extreme conditions in order to find life on other planets. Through the collection and study of various Earth minerals and organic content, he hopes to understand how life can exist on other planets. He is also researching climate change and how we can better manage our own planet.
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NASA scientist Chris McKay takes his work to the far reaches of planet Earth, studying extreme conditions in order to find life on other planets. Th...
Feb 5, 2010
This seems like a risky weather modification possibility...Creating even a small change in the natural convection of the earths temperature via oceans currents drastically affects life over the whole planet.. I would think a filter half way between the earth and sun could be controlled in the summer period to tweakpower balancethe heat absorption.. a disk rotating at a rate of 1 cycle every two years, with a controlled variable diameter to increase or lessen the heating effect..
Hello; I am extremely interested in your search for "life" and was wondering why you are searching deserts for sign of life? I have spent a lot of time thinking about life, how it came to be, how "it" evolves and develops and the mechanisms involved in determining when a change should occur. I believe that "life" is a great big, complex algorithm with a prime purpose of existing, and with that objective seeks to find and exploit an opportunity. We, as humans, spend our time through life seeking something but don't know what it is. Each of us are observers of all that is around us and our subconscious filters our observations. Some how these observations are gathered from us and opportunities found and so minute changes are made in some of us, and so evolution evolves to begin to fill the observed opportunity. I believe that the mechansims involved in this gathering process are what we term "6th sense". Which is in fact communication. We subconsciously communicate successfully or otherwise with those around us. We gel together, and when we fail to communicate we break apart. (Marriage and Divorce?) I had a personal experience many years ago with the death of my father who lived 40 miles away. On the day of his death I deliberately cancelled appointments and took my family to my parents house, knowing I had to get there but not the reasons why? The force was all compelling and that got me to thinking about how or why did I "know" I had to get there? There had to be some form of communication either made or lost; maybe lost because I knew I had to get there but not the reasons why. Since then I have spent a lot of time thinking about life. I would appreciate having a dialogue with someone like you, with your objectives, experience and knowledge? Since the artilce appeared I have dithered about making contact with you. I have tentatively discussed some of my ideas with biologists and friends, but a little afraid of making a fool of my self as they are radical ideas. Your search of the deserts to some degree gels with my own ideas of how life began, and I believe it was not in the sea, near the sea in a depositive area, rich in minerals, open to the sun and some distance from volcanoes. If you would be interested in exploring more of these thoughts my email address is email@example.com (I own Trout and Coarse fishing lakes)? Mant thanks for an interesting article. Best regards; Bill Baker
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