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Why aliens should be abashed of NASA’s new space telescope

NASA’s  James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is set to launch later this year and the accurate association is active with anticipation. Some scientists are aflame at the apprehension of ‘traveling through time’ to ascertain the origin story of our universe, while others hope it’ll help us affix the dots amid classical and breakthrough physics.

But at least one researcher believes the JWST could be a augury of ill tidings. In an account over the weekend, world-renowned physicist Michio Kaku, one of the scientists amenable for string theory, told the Guardian that he didn’t think humans should acquaintance any aliens we find. Here’s the accordant snippet:

Soon we’ll have the Webb telescope up in orbit and we’ll have bags of planets to look at, and that’s why I think the affairs are quite high that we may make acquaintance with an alien civilization. There are some colleagues of mine that accept we should reach out to them. I think that’s a abhorrent idea. We all know what happened to Montezuma when he met Cortés in Mexico so many hundreds of years ago.

It’s absorbing that Kaku would bring up Montezuma and Cortes in the ambience of first contact. As legend has it, Montezuma II accidentally ceded the entire Aztec empire to Cortes, a Spanish Conquistador, over a accent misunderstanding.

According to historians, Montezuma II told Cortes he’d been befitting the Aztec throne warm for him, but he meant it in a aloof acerb way. Cortes allegedly didn’t get the tone, and the rest is history.

It seems like Kaku’s admonishing is that, were we to find and acquaintance aliens, Earthlings could be the Aztecs and aliens would be the Spaniards. Maybe we send a bulletin such as “we come in peace” when we ascertain them and the aliens adapt it to mean “come rule us.” It could happen.

We could engage in amaranthine assumption when it comes to discussing what happen if/when we ascertain alien life. Instead, let’s just take a moment to state some key facts about the JWST so we can see how they tie into what we find, ET-wise, when it gets where it’s going:

  1. It’s 100X more able than Hubble and uses bittersweet scanning technology to see things added away and with greater detail
  2. It will scan bags of potentially accouter worlds for signs of life, article Hubble wasn’t advised to do
  3. If aggregate goes according to plan: it’ll reach its destination, calibrate its sensors, and be fully-operational by May 2022

NASA’s sending the telescope to the second Lagrange point (L2). This is a appropriate place where the telescope can stay in line with the Earth while it orbits around the sun 1.5 actor kilometers away from home. The Hubble, on the other hand, just hung out right above our planet a mere 325 kilometers away.

Thanks to this absurd angle point, the JWST will allow us to see and study the cosmos in new and agitative ways. The JWST will allow advisers to study the origins of the cosmos and, with any luck, find planets in our galaxy able of acknowledging life. And that means we could, hypothetically, ascertain aliens with it as early as next year.

What would that mean? We have no way of alive what kind of aliens we might discover. Perhaps they’ll be amoeba-like. Or maybe we’ll find a apprentice planet where flora and fauna flourish, but intelligence hasn’t acquired yet. And, yes, it could even mean we find able life. The only thing we can know for sure is that any life we do manage to find should be very, afraid.

Nearly every acculturation that’s inhabited Earth either warred with other civilizations or was bedeviled by one or more that did. Even today, Earth is inhabited by 8 billion people who exist under a planet-wide policy of mutually assured destruction.

NASA is a government entity of the US, a country that’s fighting the longest war in its history. Objectively speaking, almost aggregate about the state of our world indicates abandon is assured where humans are involved. If we meet an able species, we’re likely to go to war.

And the cast is even worse for any aimless life forms we come across. More than 41,000 breed on Earth are currently endangered. In order to assure any alien critters we meet from our amaranthine destruction, we’ll need to treat their worlds with far greater admiration and account than we do our own.

Still, there’s no agreement there’s any life out there. And even if there is, it could still take decades, centuries, or millennia for us to adventure out far enough or advance the right technology to find it. But if there is, and they aren’t able enough to stop us from doing what we always do, here’s hoping we don’t find them until we learn how to be better neighbors to everyone, ourselves included.

Published April 5, 2021 — 20:32 UTC

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