From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2013 06:56:54 -0400 Archived: Fri, 02 Aug 2013 06:56:54 -0400 Subject: Let's Just Stick To The Theories - Cox Source: Billy Cox's De Void http://tinyurl.com/mhgnxbf Thursday, August 1, 2013 Let's Just Stick To The Theories By Billy Cox - Herald-Tribune When Voyager 1 thundered away from Cape Canaveral on Sept. 5, 1977, its primary mission was to explore the solar system, but the extras were what engaged the public imagination. In a utopian anticipation of its discovery by extraterrestrial intelligence somewhere Out There, the NASA probe - and its Voyager 2 twin - was fitted with a gold-plated disc featuring samples of 115 languages, music, photos and the natural sounds of life on Earth. Both spacecraft flashed past Pluto way back in 1990, and scientists are debating whether or not the vehicles have actually departed our solar system. Either way, nearly 36 years later, at more than 18 billion kilometers from Earth, Voyager 1 is the farthest flung hardware our species has ever created. Three years after the Voyagers left home, nanotechnologist Robert Freitas leaped many generations ahead and co-authored a NASA feasibility study on self-replicating probes (SRPs). He contemplated what it would take for advanced space-faring technology not only to repair and perpetuate itself during missions, but also to improvise on destination targeting as it forged the cosmic oceans. Among the motivations for this exercise was a theoretical test of the Fermi Paradox, in which physicist Enrico Fermi alleged, in 1950, that if ET civilizations existed, we would’ve known it by now. "Where are they?" he wondered. [More at site... ] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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