Have you heard of the phrase-“looks can be deceptive”? Well, the intention of the phrase is definitely way different from its implication being used. But, it somewhat relates to the article. Before going into the depth of the same, a simple question from the readers! And, it is a real simple one! It won’t lead you scratching your head, or Google it or even asking that ‘geek friend’ of yours! So, no more running around the bush-what is the picture which projects in your mind, when you think of the term ‘Alien’?
All thanks to the many numbers of sci-fi movies, books on extraterrestrials and not to obliterate the renowned serials! The image which comes to your mind is:
- Elongated head
- 2 hands
- 2 legs
- 2 eyes
- A mouth
- Somewhat antenna like structure on the head
- And the body framework resembling the humans.
Exactly, so basically the aliens look like humans. Isn’t it!
But, how can the humans be so sure about it? Indeed, this was exactly the issue addressed in Episode 146 of Star Trek the Next Generation. So, the writer of the serial raised the matter, that’s how come wherever the humans go, that is at whichever place in space – the aliens look like humans! The acumen can be the number of science fiction, which people have seen. They have made believe that aliens do look a lot like humans.
There are microbes, there are giant tube worms, and there is siphnophorae.
This raises immense possibility that extraterrestrial beings can be right here amidst you, floating in an ocean, being a part of the atmosphere or simply flying nearby. And, you wouldn’t be able to recognize them!
This is exactly what the Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute, Penelope Boston had said at the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Symposium-
“It’s not like you can walk into a new environment with your lovely robot on some other planet, look at the ground and go gosh it’s life! Instead it’s ‘gosh it’s blue something, and it’s got a copper signal, and I don’t know’ — and then you have to investigate.”
In fact, she also showed the crowd, her gallery of earthly creatures found in caves! Undoubtedly the creatures were nothing short of amazement and surprise to the crowd.
In accordance with Boston, it is really tedious to be able to recognize life form the moment it is seen. It is because the genetic tools fall short, when it is about examining forms which are unknown. In fact, around the globe, there are harsh environment, where it is almost impossible to find life- but, living creatures do exist there.
Boston- the astrobiologist ends her speech with the pertinent aspect, that it is imperative to come up with a technology which has the ability to recognize life in whichever form it appear!