Monday, May 16, 2016

UK Space Agency Reveals What Would Happen if We Discover Life-supporting Alien World

An artist's impression of GJ 667 Cc, a potentially habitable planet orbiting a red dwarf constituent in a trinary star system. Credit: ESO/L. Calçada

The UK Space Agency responded to a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests asking important questions. Among the key pressing issues were, who would get priority to leave Earth? It was also probed on if we do find a habitable planet, how would we decide who gets to go to the new planet? And if there is intelligent terrestrial life there, how would the UK Space Agency handle this event?

Despite a disclaimer admitting they did not quite have all the answers, there were some stark revelations. 

The Space Agency warned: “First and foremost, astronauts would be the first in line to leave mother Earth.

“The selection process for astronauts would be agreed in the initial partnership agreement.”

Unfortunately for the rest of us, the agency added that “mass relocation is not possible.”

They also confirmed that the costs of travelling to another planet would be enormous, meaning that a multi-national partnership would be needed to bankroll the extra-terrestrial expedition.

This means that, when it comes to the big decisions about colonizing other planets, the United Nations will be calling the shots.

The space agency said: “The United Nations have set out rules concerning visiting other bodies that may sustain life. These are set out in the outer space treaty.

“If life was found, the United Nations would have to decide whether there should be contact because of the danger of harming that ecosystem.

“Similarly they would govern the procedures for any return mission.

“The UK would abide by the UN ruling.”

The UK Space Agency is responsible for the civil space program, and according to the government website “provide a clear, single voice for UK space ambitions".

1 comment:

  1. April 1 is over. The chances of being wiped out by a comet or asteroid are millions of times greater than ever contacting alien life. Space is ,really big and mostly empty, well, space.
    As far as going to any planet outside this solar system, when did they legalize LSD over there?