The Consequences of Actually Finding Life on Mars

What:
Panel
When:
6:00 PM, Friday 14 Feb 2020 (50 minutes)
Where:
Harbor I
Tags:
GuestKim Stanley RobinsonScience & Technology
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What if we discovered life on the Red Planet? Not just 15-million-year-old polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons — but Martians: intelligent beings from Mars. How would that affect life on Earth? Would there be riots? Rejoicing? New religions? Calls for amity, or missile strikes? How would it transform our picture of the universe? And, after hundreds of years of speculation, would we feel differently meeting Martians than greeting new neighbors from Europa or Enceladus?
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Center for Astrophysics, Harvard and Smithsonian
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