What NASA's big announcement SHOULD have beenPosted on November 16, 2010 | 2 minute read
NASA’s big announcement about an “exceptional object in our cosmic neighborhood” was interesting - I bet it was even exciting if you’re an astrophysicist or take a deep-rooted interest in black holes. But for me it was a bit of a letdown. I was hoping for something BIG. Not only that, but they aren’t even sure if it’s a black hole at all - putting the cart before the horse, don’t you think? After feeling a bit disappointed after watching the press conference live on NASA TV (only three people called in with questions…) I pondered over some possible announcements they could have made that would really be exciting.
A black hole swallowing us up - tomorrow
None of that “This is exciting because we can study it” crap. We’re all going to die! TOMORROW! Now that would be an exciting press release. I’m not sure how I’d feel about this development. I’m sure I would be scared and more than a little upset about being sucked into a black hole. But thinking about this situation from afar, it just feels like I’d be more excited. What if we don’t die but end up on the other side of the black hole in a brand new universe? And if we do die - what comes next? Imagine the possibilities!
Aliens among us
NASA has found aliens (not microorganisms, but intelligent life) somewhere nearby. Now that would get the world excited. I just hope they don’t start trying to capture the buggers and prodding or dissecting them in the name of science. That would be sad :(
Giant asteroid hitting the earth
A giant asteroid is plummeting toward us. We have a year until it hits. It likely won’t destroy the planet, but it will wipe out all of our technology and trigger the next ice age. Humanity will need to go back to its cave-dwelling roots and learn to live off the land. This would be awesome. Sure, I’d be torn between lack of technology and tree-hugging, but I think I’d get over it.
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