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school4ever
2009-May-06, 08:56 AM
Is NASA "allowed" to look for life?

I'm posititive that Pamela has mentioned a few times that NASA can not look for extraterrestrial life, but I can't find any evidence of this. Am I suffering from selective hearing? Or is it a matter of it not making NASA's priorities. I'm aware that NASA likes to search for signs of life.

Thanks in advance...

Ronald Brak
2009-May-06, 09:15 AM
No, they're just not allowed to look for intelligent life. So as long as NASA stays on earth they should be fine.

Here's an article that explains a little about it:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/08/science/search-for-life-out-there-gains-respect-bit-by-bit.html?fta=y&pagewanted=1

robross
2009-May-06, 09:57 AM
Is NASA "allowed" to look for life?

I'm posititive that Pamela has mentioned a few times that NASA can not look for extraterrestrial life, but I can't find any evidence of this. Am I suffering from selective hearing? Or is it a matter of it not making NASA's priorities. I'm aware that NASA likes to search for signs of life.

Thanks in advance...

I think you mean episode #93, where she said "Congress mandates that NASA cannot look for life." (at about 32:40) or read the transcript here: http://www.astronomycast.com/astronomy/planets/our-solar-system/ep-93-missions-to-mars-part-2/

See Episode #94 for her clarification (at about about 3:10 ) where she says they cannot look for *intelligent* life, or read the transcript here: http://www.astronomycast.com/astronomy/planets/our-solar-system/episode-94-humans-to-mars-part-1-scientists/

JustAFriend
2009-May-06, 02:00 PM
With their budgets and programs being slashed left and right, NASA would love to find ANYTHING.

school4ever
2009-May-06, 04:53 PM
Thanks everyone! That was what I was looking for.