The name of the probe is Messenger. Messenger is sending data and pictures back to Earth about conditions on Mercury.
If Messenger is sending messages to beings on Mercury, I’m sorry to the great degree that this blog post is missing the real story.
(Above—Messenger orbiting Mercury as seen by an artist.)
I’m glad I live in a time where we’ve been able to learn about the planets in our solar system.
Even more amazing, we’ve been learning about planets outside our solar system. I never thought that would be possible in my lifetime.
If intelligent aliens exist on these distant planets, I implore them to stay away.
They will bring terrible diseases. They will enslave us. They will steal our oceans.
What is it like on Mercury?
Mercury is a terrible place.
At least it is in the context of human existence.
I imagine that in the full scheme of existence, Mercury is just like it needs to be.
“Temperatures on Mercury’s surface can reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 degrees Celsius). Because the planet has no atmosphere to retain that heat, nighttime temperatures on the surface can drop to -280 degrees Fahrenheit (-170 degrees Celsius).”
Below is a picture of Mercury sent from Messenger.
A book about the solar system I enjoy is called The Grand Tour–A Traveler’s Guide To The Solar System by Ron Miller and William Hartmann.
Grand Tour has many pictures, drawings and facts about all aspects of our solar system. The book is currently in a third edition.
Some people say government should only pertain to the most minimal functions.
Yet it is only government that could fund missions to understand distant space.
There are no minerals on Mercury that we will be mining from private profit. There are no advertising jingles that Messenger will be sending from Mercury.
There is so much to learn about existence. There is so much context to understand as we consider our views about the world.
Every person has the ability to learn about any subject.
Take the time it requires to learn about our world.
The more we learn, the better we will understand all that is taking place.
Many Feel Aliens Have Visited Us And Are Walking Among Us—Maybe Aliens Would Do A Better Job Taking Care Of The Earth
According to a Reuters poll, one-in-five people in the world believe that aliens have arrived on Earth and are walking around the planet disguised as humans.
In the United States, almost one-in-four believe this to be true.
From the poll—
“Those who believe that “alien beings have come to earth and walk amongst us in our communities disguised as us” (20%) are more likely to be men (22%) compared to women (17%), under the age of 35 (25%) compared to those aged 35-54 (16%) and those over the age of 55 (11%) and those more likely to be higher educated (22%) compared to those who are lower or middle educated (19%). There is virtually no difference in terms of income level (lower 22%, higher 20% or middle 19%) and marital status (married 19% versus other 21%).”
I won’t commit one way or another as to if I am one of these aliens. All I’ll say is that enslaving the human population and draining the Earth’s oceans is on my agenda. I’ll be blogging about these concerns soon.
Scientist Stephen Hawking has recently said that we should not be making efforts to contact aliens.
“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.”
From Scientific American—
“A species that masters the difficulty of space travel would certainly seem to have the brain power to mine its own resources without having to travel tens of light years (at least) to ravage our home. If Mars had dense forests of mahogany trees and bountiful oceans of bluefin tuna, would it really be worth the expense to mount an expedition just to raze and fish the planet? Even the most environmentally insensitive among us would have to concede that the hundreds of billions of dollars needed just for a round-trip to Mars could be better spent to, say, develop the technology to harvest trees sustainably or to cultivate bluefin tuna on farm.”
I can just see some Native Americans sitting on a beach in the 15th-century. They are saying that people who could come across the great waters could surely find enough gold to meet their needs instead of sailing around the earth and killing people in the pursuit of gold.
Less exciting than aliens coming to take our planet from us, are the prospects for life in places other than the Earth in own solar system.
There might be some microbes or even some fish type creatures in our solar system. I hope that proof of life in the solar system is found while I’m still living. I’d like to know the answer to this question.
A great book to learn about the solar system is The Grand Tour–A Traveler’s Guide To The Solar System by Ron Miller and William Hartmann.
As Dr. Hawking worries about what aliens might do to the Earth, maybe we should treat the Earth better as human beings. The Earth is a lot more than just people. Maybe if we are such poor keepers of the planet, we should be replaced by other beings.
Maybe aliens will come to wipe us out under the assertion that if we are not removed, we will destroy the Earth. Maybe the Earth is more important than human beings.
The Earth was here before we were here and it will be here after we are gone.