Fear and Outer space

Today was a monumental day for anyone interested in space exploration. NASA discovered that Mars has flowing water located on its’ surface, however it is not significance proof that any life can be sustained  on Mars. This conclusion was made when it was discovered that the water found on Mars was not drinkable.

Outer space and the mysteries surrounding it have long since carved a deep fear into our hearts that humans are not the only intelligent species in the universe. One of the biggest example of this was a radio program War Of the Worlds. War Of the Worlds was a science fiction story about aliens invading earth and taking over the world. Unfortunately, most people listing had no idea it was a story made up for a radio program and took it seriously. All the people listing became so afraid that they began to panic and made rash decisions. One man killed his family so the aliens couldn’t hurt them and then killed himself.

I think part of the fear we have about Outer Space symbolizes humanity’s fear that there might be a species out there capable of manipulating us. I also think Outer space represent the unknown to us since so much is still unknown about it and that terrifies us.  Thoughts?

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