Maybe They Already Know Something The Rest Of Us Don’t? Congress Sneakily Directs NASA To Track Down Alien CLOUDEATERS
The authorization act reads, under the headline ASTROBIOLOGY STRATEGY: “The Administrator shall enter into an arrangement with the National Academies to develop a science strategy for astrobiology that would outline key scientific questions, identify the most promising research in the field, and indicate the extent to which the mission priorities in existing decadal surveys address the search for life’s origin, evolution, distribution, and future in the universe.” The Act calls for NASA to enlist the help of partners from both the international community and the private sector as well. This is small, but critical. NASA’s work in astrobiology and its investigation into extraterrestrial life stretch back for decades, but Congress has hardly ever acknowledged that work, let alone sent instructions to NASA to look pursue such endeavors. But times have changed.