When I was a child, NASA was a source of national pride. It motivated people to dream about being engineers who built rockets, or pilots to fly them. Songs and movies were created about the imagined life of astronauts, who were generally considered to be national heroes. So great were its achievements that “If we can send a man to the moon…” became a common figure of speech.
Sadly, it appears that NASA has now jumped the shark.
In a recent report, scientists from NASA’s Planetary Science Division wrote a report titled, Would contact with extraterrestrials benefit or harm humanity? A scenario analysis. The report hypothesizes how an alien civilization might respond to our emission of greenhouse gasses:
“A preemptive strike would be particularly likely in the early phases of our expansion because a civilization may become increasingly difficult to destroy as it continues to expand. Humanity may just now be entering the period in which its rapid civilizational expansion could be detected by an ETI because our expansion is changing the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere, via greenhouse gas emissions,”
*Sigh* Very sad to see that this once grand engine of innovation and exploration has become a mere lapdog to politically correct ‘science’ of the left. Instead of real results, we get imaginary aliens threatening us because we aren’t extreme environmentalists. This does a lot to explain why NASA no longer is capable of flying men into space. In a way it is a metaphor what the left has done to our entire economy – turned it from an incredible agency for creating wealth and innovation to an over-regulated, self-absorbed entity afraid of the future.
Of course, if you are lefty commentator Paul Krugman, you may consider all this alien invasion talk to be a government conspiracy to invigorate the economy: