8.6 – THE OTHER EARTH (9.28.15)

THE DRAKE EQUATION [7b]

July 23, 2015. After more than six years of observing over 150,000 star systems within the Milky Way galaxy, NASA scientists, using the Kepler Telescope, discover what they believe to be an Earth-like planet, located 1,400 light years away. Kepler-452B or Earth 2.0, as it has become known is 60% larger than Earth. The exo-planet orbits a star slightly larger and brighter than our sun and falls within that star’s “Goldilocks zone” making it a leading candidate to prove life exists on a planet other than our own.

“Some planets are too close to their stars, so they’re too hot. Some of them are too far away, so they’re too cold. Recently, they found one which they’ve actually called the Goldilocks planet. As you can probably surmise from that, that means that it’s almost just right. What that means is that there’s a potential that it might be teeming with life.”

Ronald L. Mallett, Ph.D. (Physicist, Univ. of Connecticut)

“The problem looking for Earth-like planets beyond the solar system is they’re hard to spot. There may be billions within our galaxy alone that satisfy roughly the conditions of being Earth-like. They have to have a magnetic field and a few other conditions that will be congenial for life, but the liquid water, as well, I think everybody agrees, is key. The Kepler discovery made people sit up and take notice, ’cause it would possibly have the all-important liquid water that is the key to looking for life as we know it beyond the solar system.”

Paul Davies, Ph.D.

(Theoretical Physicist/Astrobiologist, ASU)

Of the 100 billion stars that make up the Milky Way galaxy, astronomers now estimate that one in five has an Earth-sized planet with the potential for life.  And NASA scientists predict that we are likely to find signs of alien life by the year 2025, bringing us ever closer to answering the age-old question: “Are we really alone in the Universe?”

“Humans are really excited about life on other planets. There’s a lot of empty space out there, and it would be a big waste, if there wasn’t more life. Why would there be this vast Universe and just us?”

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist/Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

“Forever people have wondered, Are we alone? Is there life out there? Are there other intelligent beings? And that’s why we’re so insistent upon searching for another Earth.”

Sara Seager, Ph.D. (Prof. of Planetary Sciences, MIT)

“I think there’s that need to realize that we’re not alone in the Universe. We want answers. We’re going out into space because we want to find out are there other beings out there like us?”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

Since the Ancient Babylonians first documented observations of Venus, humans have speculated that inhabited worlds may exist beyond Earth. And from the time of the ancient Greeks, philosophers and scholars have theorized on the probability of the existence of otherworldly civilizations other than our own. In 1961, radio astronomer Frank Drake was the first to publicly propose a mathematical argument for the likelihood of the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life in the galaxy.

“Frank Drake developed an equation that took the probability of different things happening: Having the right type of sun, having the right type of planet, how many planets and stars there were and made an estimate of how likely life would be.”

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist/Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

“The Drake equation would seem to logically predict tens of thousands of civilizations out there, that we ought to be able to hear on radio traffic.”

John Brandenburg, Ph.D.
(Plasma Physicist, Orbital Technologies),
(Author, Life and Death on Mars)

But if there is such a high probability for the existence of intelligent life-forms elsewhere in the Universe, why haven’t we encountered them?

“If there are so many other planets out there, and if the chance for intelligent life out there is high, why hasn’t anyone visited us?”

Sara Seager, Ph.D. (Prof. of Planetary Sciences, MIT)

“The human race should be typical of what intelligent life is like in the rest of the cosmos. Plus the cosmos is much older than the human race. We tend to expand into all possible living spaces. Intelligent life in the rest of the Universe should probably act like that, too. People like us should be filling the cosmos. Everywhere we point a radio telescope we should be picking up noise. Instead, there’s nothing.”

John Brandenburg, Ph.D.
(Plasma Physicist, Orbital Technologies),
(Author, Life and Death on Mars)

While radio telescopes have yet to pick up a transmission from other intelligent beings in the Universe, Ancient Astronaut Theorists propose that contact has, in fact, already taken place. And evidence of this can be found throughout the world.

“The question “where are they?” should be answered with: “Look at the Ancient Astronaut Theory,” because we are suggesting that there is evidence that goes back thousands of years by the stories that we have of gods lowercase “G” descending from the sky. It doesn’t matter on what continent. Every single continent was visited.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“I would say that the evidence is there and it’s all around us, whether it’s in megalithic sites that are aligned to constellations, such as the Great Serpent Mound in Ohio. Even the pyramids at Giza. And even stories of beings coming down in spaceships, interacting with people. Evidence is overwhelming that there are extraterrestrials all over the Universe, and that they’re coming here.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

According to Ancient Astronaut Theorists, one of the earliest and most compelling pieces of evidence to support the notion that extraterrestrials have, in fact, visited Earth, can be found with an ancient Sumerian cylindrical seal known as VA243. Author Zecharia Sitchin was the first to suggest that on this seal, which is estimated to be at least 4,500 years old, is a depiction of our solar system.

“You can see in the seal that there’s a whole complete model of the solar system accurately being displayed with the sun in the center. Now, till the time of Copernicus and Galileo, no one knew that we actually orbited the sun, so the only explanation is someone who had this knowledge gave it to humanity, and that there has been extraterrestrial presence in interaction with people in the past. And we see this across the globe.”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

Throughout the world, ancient cultures have told stories of gods descended from specific star systems. The Maya associated their gods with the Pleiades star cluster, as did the Native Americans, hundreds of miles away. The Dogon tribe and the ancient Egyptians believed their gods came from the star Sirius.

“In old Egypt, we have, for example, Osiris, who comes from Orion. Osiris was married to Isis. Isis comes from the star of Sirius. These extraterrestrials, the so-called gods, they pointed up to the sky and said, ‘Look, this is our home.’”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods?)

Is it possible that there are intelligent beings inhabiting other planets within our solar system, as Ancient Astronaut Theorists contend? If so, could they have once sought out Earth as we now seek other habitable planets? Perhaps further evidence will be revealed with our plans to colonize Mars.

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