> At 01:41 PM 4/24/98 -0700, Brian D Williams wrote:
> >There's a very simple point the Mars conspiracy people are missing.
> >It would be in NASA's own best interest to publish and claim
> >anything they thought was remotely artificial, thereby firing the
> >imaginations of everyone, and launching a manned space race to Mars
> >to investigate.
> IAN: Yes, I came within an inch of suggesting
> that maybe the "Mars face" deal was a NASA
> conspiracy for exactly that reason, since
> it would compel people to want to send a
> satellite to Mars, and thus to finance NASA.
> For NASA to suppress information about Mars
> life would be antithetical to its own interests.
This all seems silly. If true, their plan backfired in some ways.
I think NASA might face equally damaging risks promoting ETs. They could
loose their credibility. Which, in my mind, is a valuable tool for
getting research cash.
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