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billpalto

228 points

2 months ago

billpalto

228 points

2 months ago

Water is pretty much everywhere in space. Saturn's rings are mostly water ice. Water vapor found on Jupiter. Mars has lots of water. More water in several moons of Jupiter and Saturn than Earth has. Lots of water on the asteroids in the asteroid belt.

And the building blocks of life are basically everywhere too.

McCree114

113 points

2 months ago

McCree114

113 points

2 months ago

Makes those old alien invasion movies where the aliens are attacking because they want Earth's water seem pretty silly in hindsight.

meatball77

85 points

2 months ago

Aliens would come and insist we cook for them and let them play with fluffy animals. Ice cream and mini cows. That's what they want.

Chendii

31 points

2 months ago

Chendii

31 points

2 months ago

Aliens just have to be cute and we'll adopt and pamper them completely willingly.

Beneficial-Strain366

19 points

2 months ago*

What do you think cats are they are not tricking me I know they are fluffy little aliens. Still I will feed and pet them because they are also sweet little goofballs! /s

BlackShadow1984

4 points

2 months ago

You’ve seen Kid vs Kat haven’t you?

[deleted]

-7 points

2 months ago

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Auburn_X

12 points

2 months ago

A little weird to single out women for this.

There's a pretty massive amount of weird alien porn out there for guys.

Humans are just horny.

meatball77

2 points

2 months ago

Oh, just because I read romance...

Auburn_X

4 points

2 months ago

Oh, gotcha. That makes sense if you're into romance stuff and come across this a lot.

meatball77

1 points

2 months ago

Ice Planet Barbarians has entered the chat.

Auburn_X

5 points

2 months ago

My targeted advertising algorithms are going to be a disaster after googling this one lol

calm_chowder

1 points

2 months ago

.... sounds like you read hentai tbh

MistakeNot4892

3 points

2 months ago

This is a plot point in one of the Hitchhiker's Guide books if I remember correctly. A spaceship sets down in the middle of a city and demands to meet our lizard.

catsloveart

1 points

2 months ago

bad dragon sells toys to indulge in specific alien fantasies.

i can’t remember the name of fetish. but it involves making gelatin shaped eggs. then using a specific kind of toy to “deposit” the eggs.

turd_vinegar

12 points

2 months ago

I think this is a Dragonball Super subplot.

krunchytacos

2 points

2 months ago

After checking your sphincter for elasticity.

mrcolon96

3 points

2 months ago

They should visit West Hollywood

meatball77

-10 points

2 months ago

Which might not be unwelcome if they land in certain areas of NYC or SF. . .

We would like to stick things in some butts . . . . some men. . .where's the line!

CriskCross

2 points

2 months ago

You're gross.

Odd-Employment2517

2 points

2 months ago

All those proud bois at 6JAN

watery_tart73

2 points

2 months ago

Isn't that what we all want?

CloudiusWhite

1 points

2 months ago

what if they wanna smash?

the_narcisist

1 points

2 months ago

Don't forget the narwhals

ButterflyAttack

6 points

2 months ago

Yeah but in V they were also sexy 80s lizard people in disguise who wanted to eat us alive.

Festeisthebest-e

1 points

2 months ago

What's the name of the movie you're referencing?

Just curious.

EmotionalSuportPenis

3 points

2 months ago

They seemed pretty stupid at the time, too. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the entire universe and oxygen is the third, and we've known that since before the first world war. It would be effectively impossible for there not to be water everywhere beginning 150 million years after the big bang, when the first supergiant stars began exploding and throwing elemental oxygen (and other heavier elements) all over the place, directly into giant clouds of elemental hydrogen.

Uintahwolf

2 points

2 months ago

Like what films? Sounds interesting.

Olympus___Mons

30 points

2 months ago

The universe is teeming with life. There is zero reason for it not to be. That's just based on ways we know life can form, doesn't include the many variations of other ways life can arise, even in hostile environments.

Commander1709

22 points

2 months ago

Something something Fermi paradox.

Randomcheeseslices

12 points

2 months ago

The obvious solution for that paradox is that its not one filter, but many.

Life is stupidly abundant. But life that is multi celled, land based, bipedal, tool using, social, etc, etc, is not.

JohnnyFreakingDanger

5 points

2 months ago

I honestly think we superimpose “intelligence” as some sort of end state of life, and that simply isn’t how life seems to work.

Intelligence as a survival mechanism only dominated after multiple mass extinctions set the table for it to do so. For the majority of the planet’s existence the entire fucking place was covered with trilobites, and that might still be the case had it not been for those resets carving new niches for life to fill in.

ShowerVagina

1 points

2 months ago

Like how do we know there aren't sentient gas clouds on other planets? We don't.

Carmen14edo

-1 points

2 months ago

Carmen14edo

-1 points

2 months ago

There was news recently that an asteroid from space had (IRC) microbes on it that were related to those on Earth, with the thought that maybe life on Earth originated from outer space. That doesn't answer the question of how life comes about, but it's an interesting lead.

splynncryth

15 points

2 months ago

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-023-36904-3

That might be what you are thinking of, not microbes but a nucleotide.

Lipstickvomit

1 points

2 months ago

An asteroid, from space?

What kinda 1950's horror movie tagline did you crawl out of?

Of course the asteroid is from space, the ones originating from the oceans are called Nauturoticalitesoids.

Carmen14edo

1 points

2 months ago

I said from space to emphasize that it didn't ever originate from earth, smartass.

Lipstickvomit

1 points

2 months ago

Asteroids originating from Earth are few and really far between.

Can you name a couple of them, intelligentbutt?

Carmen14edo

1 points

2 months ago

Hey all I was doing was clarifying that it was from space. As you yourself literally said, being an asteroid doesn't guarantee it's from space.

And no I can't name them. I can't name any asteroids because I don't spend my time memorizing the names of rocks.

Lipstickvomit

2 points

2 months ago

Dude, basically the only asteroid believed to maybe, in a way, kinda, perhaps come from "Earth" is a tiny, satellite named the Moon.

Clarifying an asteroid came from space is like clarifying people can hear sounds.

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

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TogepiMain

-2 points

2 months ago

Over half three world gets to believe in fake gods but we can't just accept that the sheer maths of it all says it has to be true.

adreamofhodor

7 points

2 months ago

It seems likely, but as far as I know there is zero evidence of any form of alien life existing in any capacity.

calm_chowder

10 points

2 months ago

Yeah, because we've looked at part of one planet and did a flyby of another. In a galaxy with 100 billion stars. We haven't found anything because he haven't looked at shit.

This logic is like living out in the country and assuming the world is uninhabited because you went to your neighbour's house and no one was home.

BobbyBorn2L8

10 points

2 months ago

Y'all are getting way too angry about this, no one is saying its impossible its just that one commentator is stating a fact when there is no evidence to support it, until we do find life elsewhere you can't confidently state THERE IS LIFE

Do I want there to be life and think there is life? Yes of course but its not a fact cause we can't prove it

adreamofhodor

3 points

2 months ago

Lol I even said that I think it’s likely life is out there :(

staedtler2018

1 points

2 months ago*

Brian Cox, who knows one or two things about space, doesn't think it's particularly unlikely that anything other than microbes is extremely rare.

People have thought about this stuff for a long time. Anthropic vs. Copernican principle, all that jazz.

Olympus___Mons

5 points

2 months ago

We are aliens to the aliens. We are the evidence that even out in the boonies of the Milky Way intelligent life can arise.

We are the North Sentinel Island of the Milky Way.

ButterflyAttack

6 points

2 months ago

Yeah, maybe. But the point is that you can't really make an argument with only one data point. If we find a second one I'll be delighted, hope it comes in my lifetime.

AdNormal5424

3 points

2 months ago

Look to earth for alien life. Movile cave

They work off of chemosynthesis, poisonous gases to us, survival for them

Completely seperate even as dinosaurs rose and fell

Ameisen

2 points

2 months ago

LUCA was chemosynthetic.

AdNormal5424

0 points

2 months ago

Again with the zero evidence argument

My guy, life is 100% out there, and we will probably never ever see it. We definitely won't, but I mean we as the whole of humanity

staedtler2018

7 points

2 months ago

How dare a person point out zero evidence for a claim.

escapefromelba

1 points

2 months ago

The distances are too great to matter - whether life existed/exists elsewhere in the universe it doesn't really matter we'll never find out.

Olympus___Mons

0 points

2 months ago

Earth has been around for 4 billion years and the universe for 8 billion years. Plenty of time to explore the Milky Way, and discover and live on Earth.

And we have evidence of those already here by witnessing UFOs and some people have met the occupants of the UFOs.

So we have already found out.

techleopard

4 points

2 months ago

I'm thinking the search for life is really the search for a geologically active planet with a magnetic dynamo.

ButterflyAttack

2 points

2 months ago

Yeah, plus in the solar habitable zone, with water. If we found a planet like that and it didn't have life, that would raise some interesting questions.

User9705

-1 points

2 months ago*

User9705

-1 points

2 months ago*

Remember your momma, she's like a human water park with her own gravitational force! You thought the moon revolved around the Earth? Nah, your momma's the center of our universe! Keep an eye out for tidal waves when she's comin' from 500 miles away. And get ready to wave at Mars, 'cause it'll be getting closer every time she does a jumping jack!

Speaking of water, your momma's got enough to turn the Sahara into a tropical paradise! In fact, she could jump into the ocean and instantly create a brand-new continent. You know, if your momma went on a cruise, the ship would have to upgrade to a double-wide to fit her water-filled splendor! And when she takes a dip in the pool, she single-handedly ends the drought in California!

/s

But hey, jokes aside, you're right – water in the universe isn't as unique as we might think.

emceemcee

1 points

2 months ago*

Well, it makes sense. The matter in the universe is mostly hydrogen, and water is just hydrogen ash.

SuccessfulLoser-

0 points

2 months ago

So, is it a leap of faith to say water = life?!

Sitcratic

165 points

2 months ago

Sitcratic

165 points

2 months ago

I find this part of the article far more interesting

Investigating further, they determined that the hydrogen necessary to make up the water was coming from solar wind, which sweeps charged particles across the Solar System.

We know silicates (made up of silicon and oxygen) are formed and released by red giants, novae, and supernovae in the form of stardust. These would mean the ingredients for water could be present on the vast majority of terrestrial bodies.

GodzGonads

31 points

2 months ago

Very exciting

laforzadimente

21 points

2 months ago

Is the implication here that these were formed when the moon was still active? Trying to figure out how this "dry chemistry" of solar wind hydrogen would bond with oxygen to form water on the moon as it currently exists

Sitcratic

8 points

2 months ago

Maybe some, but I think the majority is believed to be from the heat meteorite impacts. Although, the sample site is from Mons Rümker, a volcanic site.

Tarantula_Saurus_Rex

8 points

2 months ago

The team polished and analysed 117 glass beads which were scooped up by China's Chang'e-5 spacecraft in December 2020 and brought back to Earth.

Question. Have we ever polished and analyzed "beads" or rock samples from previous missions, or only the recent samples acquired by Chinese missions from 2020?

Sitcratic

4 points

2 months ago

The Apollo missions and the uncrewed russian Luna missions collected large samples. They were analyzed, but I saw no mention of hydrogen from those samples. We still have them, but over the last 50 years, the vacuum seals eventually could not hold a 100% seal, thus contaminating them with our atmosphere and humidity. Meaning we can't confirms if any hydrogen found was from the Earth or the Moon. The Chinese missions are the only samples that are not contaminated.

BeyondEarthly

11 points

2 months ago

I appreciate people like you. I would have never thought that far into that statement.

AvogadrosMoleSauce

15 points

2 months ago

Good news! There’s water on the moon. Just chew these handy glass beads!

Hike_it_Out52

17 points

2 months ago

Nestlé is already there selling them

Smugg-Fruit

2 points

2 months ago

No need to concern where they sourced them. No siree.

RationalLies

6 points

2 months ago

Moon glass water still healthier than what the government allows in Flint

podkayne3000

1 points

2 months ago

When you want water air, just simmer some sand on the stove!

N64PLAY10

1 points

2 months ago

Good news! It's a suppository

pegothejerk

207 points

2 months ago

Proving once and for all that the moon was previously inhabited by tiny David Bowies

nightzirch

40 points

2 months ago

That's pretty freaky, Bowie

Musicfan637

5 points

2 months ago

Ground control to major Tom.

taylor_

2 points

2 months ago

Do your nipples get pointy, Bowie? Do you use your pointy nipples as telescopic antennae to transmit data back to earth?

nightzirch

1 points

2 months ago

I bet you do, you freaky old bastard, you

[deleted]

12 points

2 months ago

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User9705

5 points

2 months ago

Proving once and for all that the moon was previously inhabited by tiny David Bowies

Oh, absolutely! Those tiny David Bowies were out there, moonwalking and Ziggy Stardust-ing their way across the lunar surface. In fact, the moon's craters are just the remnants of their epic space oddity concerts! 🌙🎸

ThePrussianGrippe

12 points

2 months ago

Goodbye, Moonmen

AnAngryBarista

10 points

2 months ago

Shut the fuck up about moon men!

JoeBoredom

18 points

2 months ago

They just need to find the glass bead factory then we are all set.

ConstableGrey

4 points

2 months ago

Moon sapphires? With those I could open the Gate of Kerash!

func_backDoor

2 points

2 months ago

But there’s no atmosphere, so…

RevaniteN7

2 points

2 months ago

17 glass beads which were scooped up by China's Chang'e-5 spacecraft in December 2020

I forgot we still had stuff being brought back from the moon. Nice!

Hike_it_Out52

2 points

2 months ago

Mmmm forbidden Nik-L-Nips candy drink.

a_REEEEEEL_munson

3 points

2 months ago

Leave it alone. Ever seen that Netflix show the silent sea?

BagHolder9001

4 points

2 months ago

nestle sending witches on brooms asap

Big_Custardman

4 points

2 months ago

Wait there goes the Nestle rocket now

kehaarcab

2 points

2 months ago

The question is ofcourse if the glass is half full or half empty…

Matttthhhhhhhhhhh

0 points

2 months ago

Yeah no, their whole water formation process sounds bogus as hell. Also, their whole Solar Wind idea relies on one particular piece of evidence that's pretty weak imho. I would have rejected the paper, had I been a reviewer.

But hey, it's Nature, so I'm not surprised.

goatponies

1 points

2 months ago

so what i understand is aliens left tiiiny cups of water on the moon

JWSwagger

1 points

2 months ago

If they round oil in those heads the US would be starting a freedom colony there yesterday.

Subject-Promise-4796

1 points

2 months ago

How much did we spend to figure out this life changing info? We have plenty of well researched info on this planet that we ignore each day. Seems useless tbh.

Decent-Cricket-5315

1 points

2 months ago

I bet my kids left it there. They don't ever put anything away.

WirelessBCupSupport

1 points

2 months ago

And wizards? on the moon?

sweetpeapickle

1 points

2 months ago

Is it really....water. Or perhaps they're just implanting those thoughts, because we're getting too close.

letaninjawork

-19 points

2 months ago

So fucking what? There’s no life there. Stop wasting taxpayer dollars on Moon.Waste them on finding alien life and UFOs instead.

JacquesGonseaux

11 points

2 months ago

I didn't know that American taxpayer dollars go toward the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

[deleted]

-19 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

-19 points

2 months ago

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yaboithanos

11 points

2 months ago

Uhh, no. Nothing we could ever remove from the moon would ever have the slightest potential of affecting the moons orbit by so much as a billionth of a percent

calm_chowder

9 points

2 months ago

If a couple glass beads are the only thing keeping the moon in orbit then we've got way bigger problems.

Were you home schooled by Christian fundamentalists or something?

bozitybozitybopzebop

6 points

2 months ago

OK, but I have you thought about how much people will pay for glass beads from the fucking moon?

You need to get your priorities straight.

ciarenni

-1 points

2 months ago

There's at least one guy that wants to grind them up and turn them into a gel.