January 13, 2005
Posted by scott at January 13, 2005 09:45 AM
The long journey for the Titan probe Huygens is scheduled to end some time very early tomorrow morning (4:30 am EST, as I recall). On the eve of what will hopefully be a great event in interplanetary science, BBCnews interviewed some of the top scientists involved in the mission to see what they thought might be found. Here's to hoping they're proven right.
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What they're going to find is a fully-developed society of aliens that just haven't noticed us yet. They're going to be very pissed off at us intruding on their picnic. For that, we'll have our first interplanetary war. In this war, a coalition of the willing (USA, Canada, Japan, Russia, and other various nations) will go to war-time production and win the whole shebang. China will attempt to go it alone and lose horridly, but due to their large population, they'll weather the storm. France will, predictably, surrender and start collaborating and end up being food for the aliens.
Then we'll colonize Mars, start building space elevators, and terraforming of the surface will start. We'll start by sending a multinational team of 100 folks and... Wait. That's just a series of books I'm reading. Dammit.