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Red Planet Ride-Along: Hit the trail with the Mars rovers, on the hunt for water and life.
For human travelers, the iconic moment of space exploration occurred a half-century ago, when Neil Armstrong planted the first human boot-print on the moon. But if you don’t mind using robots as our stand-ins, the greatest era is unfolding right now
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It May Not Feel Like Anything To Be an Alien: Humans may have one thing that advanced aliens don’t—consciousness.
Humans are probably not the greatest intelligences in the universe. Earth is a relatively young planet and the oldest civilizations could be billions of years older than us. But even on Earth, Homo sapiens may not be the most intelligent species for
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Galactic Settlement and the Fermi Paradox: The results of galactic colonization models are a mixed bag for SETI optimists.
A spacefaring species could easily settle the entire Milky Way given billions of years. Yet the fact is that there is no obvious one in our solar system right now. The supposed inconsistency between these statements is the Fermi Paradox, named for th