May 262008
 

This news is something I really wish there was more of.  The Phoenix Mars lander has successfully landed and already sent back some pictures.  It’s really great that they had another lander on Mars in a different area.  I am looking forward to the new discoveries it brings to us.

I think it’s really important to explore the universe and work on finding other places where we could survive.  I think it’s important to the long turn survival of humans because there is too many things that could happen here on Earth to make us extinct.

It is also really interesting to think about the possibility of other forms of life out there.  I really believe that life is out there and at least simple life is probably pretty common.  I can’t imagine that our little spot in the vast universe is the only one where things came together just right to cause self replicating molecules that eventually became complex enough to be life.  i feel we narrow our searches too much but I understand you do have to start some place.  I makes me wonder what we miss when you look at the extremophiles here on Earth that live in places that it was thought that lfie could not exist.

Mars seems to have a lot of the ingredients that would be necesarry for life to have existed.  If it did ever exist I would really hope that in my lifetime It is understood why it isn’t there now. What could have happened to change things?

What could have happened to change things?  If life exists now It would be really interesting to understand what it has done to adapt to a harsh environment.  What makes it tick?  Were conditions on Mars always the same or did they change and if they changed what made them change?

I can’t help but have the feeling that there were be some amazing discoveries in science during my lifetime.  Science is amazing. I had always loved it as a kid and now I am rediscovering my interest in it.  I really wish I would have pursued it more in school but the experience I did have with anything science related in school was pretty pathetic.