Listen to the full episode and subscribe to this podcast at: www.nasa.gov/gravityassist
People have long wondered whether there is life beyond Earth, but it is only recently that scientists have been able to apply the tools of space exploration to go after this question. In 1996, the Allan Hills Meteorite shook the world as scientists debated whether it had tiny fossils inside of it that came from Mars. The consensus is that this rock does not contain Martian fossils, but the questions it raised energized many researchers. Today, the field of astrobiology is looking at how life arose on Earth and where else in the solar system and beyond life could exist. Beyond these scientific investigations, there are also philosophical questions one could ask. Would we be ready as a society for such a groundbreaking discovery? Astronomer and historian Steven Dick tells us there are many approaches to consider and many questions we should ask ourselves to get ready, in case extraterrestrial life is found.
Download link: images-assets.nasa.gov/video/NHQ_2020_1030_Gravity Assist_Steven Dick/NHQ_2020_1030_Gravity Assist_Steven Dick~orig.mp4
Producer Credit: Sonnet Apple & Elizabeth Landau
Music Credit: Universal Production Music