Friday, October 01, 2010
Would you colonize another planet?



Photo: Lynnette Cook/NASA

A team of astronomers has announced the discovery of six planets orbiting the star known as Gliese 581. Scientists think one of them is Earthlike and could potentially be inhabitable. We don't yet know if there's life on this planet, but it's an interesting question to ponder.

Throughout the history of mankind, humans have traced shapes from the twinkling dots above and wondered what was out there. The new "exoplanet" find, as it's been deemed, conjures up thoughts of science fiction movies and building space colonies for school projects.

The news of the Earthlike planet got us thinking about the idea of picking up and moving to another planet. Moving to Atlanta with my life packed into four suitcases was a big enough pain for me; I can't even imagine moving to planet Gliese 581g. What would you take if you were responsible for helping to build the first new extraterrestrial society? I certainly couldn't live without at least part of my hat collection and some of my favorite family photos and videos. Frivolous, yes, but think about how far away you would be. 

So now we're putting these weighty matters back out to you, wonderful and creative and quirky and awesome CNN iReport community. We'd like to hear your thoughts on the news of the supposedly inhabitable planet. Would you want to colonize it? Should humanity seek out other planets? Is there life out there? What would you take to a new planet? Share your thoughts in the comments area or post an iReport.

34 Comments
October 1, 2010
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Would love to colonize as long as the planet was full of athiests and agnostics!

October 1, 2010
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Probably wont have a choice.. After everyone destroys the Earth and nukes everything the survivors will be off searching for new grounds. Let's just hope all the bigots and idiots are left on Earth.

October 1, 2010
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Yes! Yes!  and, yes!

October 1, 2010
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Of-course, I would go.. No different then our fore-fathers and fore-mothers did when they left Europe. Mind you, they did some good and bad things. I suspect it won't be much different if we colonize others planets. I suspect that if we get visited a similar scenario would happen here on our planet. What would I take with me? My laptop and send you iReports. :-)

October 1, 2010
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So, what would you take with you?

October 1, 2010
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My laptop and some photos...

October 1, 2010
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I would willingly sacrifice all physical possesions to help colonize another world. Since suspended animation would likely be involved, nothing of this world could make the trip anyway. I would take a clear conscious, an open mind, a devotion to duty, a bulletproff code of honor and a willingness to sacrifice the one for the sake of the many. Colonization would be the hardest thing anyone could do, especially on a world light years distant but it would, literally, be the adventure of a lifetime.

October 1, 2010
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I would, definitely. Just to leave this earth and all its' hate mongers. Leaving football on earth might prove a little difficult though. Maybe we could create the GFL (Gliese Football League)

October 1, 2010
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Curious, we're sending all these wonderful signals. Lets make sure we have a backup plan just in case the Aliens on the other end are not that friendly. If we got Nukes, the probably might have something similar too.

October 1, 2010
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Why do we assume that is not already someones planet, we talk about colonizing when what we really means is take over and move the current inhabitants to reservations for "their best interest", so no i would not go for that reason.  I hope if that is someones home planet they use caution if we say we come in peace.

October 1, 2010
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I would go in a minute.  I would take an electronic reader full of the world's books.

October 1, 2010
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It would depend on the tax rate

October 1, 2010
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Yep, and off every heeb that tried to land there. Rick Sanchez for President

October 1, 2010
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I Would Gladly Go Forth And Colonize A New World :) I Will Start A Cement Company > Make Billions :) Of What Ever I Would Get In Payment :)

October 2, 2010
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Yes, if all my kids and husband could join in. most certainly an awesome adventure never to be matched for sure.... Imagine the stuff you'd see and discover. Okay flying through space in a can would be the most scariest part I would think...no second chance or local space station garage you know in space.Scary trip there for sure...

October 2, 2010
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Sounds great, but I'll let the grandkids do it :) My only hope for this new world is that religion never surfaces there, for then there may be a chance at peace.

Perhaps the global anthem ( no individual societies!) could be John Lennon's Imagine. Now that's a goal worth working towards. No heaven, no country, no possessions, no greed or hunger. Just a global community of support. I take it back, there would be a heaven, but it would be right there, on the planet. And yes... I'm a dreamer :)

October 2, 2010
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I would like to colonize a planet.

I would call it 'Whore Planet' and there would be no men

October 2, 2010
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Since it is impossible given my lifetime's technology, no.  I will live and die on planet earth.  Just like all of you.

October 2, 2010
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If you go to the zoo you’ll notice all the animals are in cages, the more dangerous the animal the more elaborate the cage.  Space is our cage and denies us the opportunity to take our hostile destructive nature to other worlds.  I wouldn’t be surprised if God left a big sign at the edge of our solar system warning passersby not to stick their fingers in the cage.  Face it we are the Monsters of this world unrivaled by any other species in our ability to destroy whole eco systems to satisfy our selfish needs.  If there is anything out there with intelligence do you really think it would even consider letting us out of the box?

October 2, 2010
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yes i'd like to but i know i'm to old...sad i allways wanted to leve earth and see new worlds and start a new life and do things right that went wrong. ;)

 

October 2, 2010
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even tho we are most likely going to colonize these new planets, i dont think the nations will unite and in result in another war

October 3, 2010
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Well, what a big new discovery conclusion!To colonize there,think this must be the great dedicate for our humanbeings,move to the planet Gliese 581g, most unknowingly and dangerous ahead the pioneers' life, thus, for whoever will move to the new Planet,we need to respect as The HERO.

October 3, 2010
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as long as I could bring a parka I would, This planet would be great to live on, plus Scientists are even more useful there

October 3, 2010
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would be really cool as long as the hate-filled morons and greedy self-obsessed idiots aren't allowed to go

October 3, 2010
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Would most certainly go. Just need a way to get there. Which makes this a moot discussion. Although it is nice to dream.

October 4, 2010
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I would love to colonize another world. So long as we do no harm, this would be a wonderful opportunity.

 

The best thing I could take would be whatever knowledge I have stuffed in my brain. It has taken a lifetime to learn what is in there and I am willing to learn more. I like the idea of taking libraries...the stuff we would need to build from scratch is overwhelming.  But I would go.

October 4, 2010
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I'd love to go! Unlike our supply of self righteous whiners here (so far I've spotted pleas to exclude people of faith, angry people, greedy people and anyone without the correct environmentalist credentials) i'd hope to go with as diverse a group as could be recruited, because a virgin world with arctic conditions is going to take a lot of energy and imagination to render livable. Sad for me, we are probably 30 years away from being able to go - and I don't have that much time left.

October 8, 2010
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I would definitly go.I would probably get an A.I would get my first A in space.

October 11, 2010
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this is food for the environmental con men i can see people like all gore  and the epa cashing in billions from the people that travel in space they will tax you saying you are polluting space so you will all have to pay these con men billions while they sit on their ass and cash in on the space travel but they collect billions and cannot do a darn thing to stop a hurricane flood earthquake or eruption but they get paid any way all in the name of global warming and pollution.it just another door open to rip off the public.i say lets abolish them if they cannot do a f/n thing to fix the problem.

October 12, 2010
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may be that planet needs more study to prove that it deserve to inhabitat humans

October 12, 2010
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What gives us the right to go and exploit other planets.

October 12, 2010
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What gives us the right to go and exploit other planets.

October 12, 2010
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The Bible makes it pretty clear that our priorities lie here on Earth.  There's no way we can justify spending a dollar on this crap until we feed the hungry, heal the sick, and clothe the poor for every person here first!

October 12, 2010
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Let's send anyone wishing to run for political office to this planet and test their ability to lead.  We need some sort of boot camp for potential "leaders".  If any of them makes it work for ten years and can point to tangible successes, then perhaps I can rely on their ability to have open minds, focus on the job at hand and have the common sense to attack problems in a mindful, flexible manner.  "Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds." Emerson. From my current vantage point we have a lot of small minds and a lot of large empty ones in both the Democratic and Republic parties.

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